The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher John Holdzkom and have optioned him to Triple-A, per a team press release. The announcement said that the move happened last night, which means Holdzkom was added to the 40-man roster in time to qualify for the playoff roster. They had to option him to Indianapolis, since rosters hadn’t expanded yet when he was added.
The optional assignment will be short-lived, since Indianapolis finishes their season today. Holdzkom will be eligible to be called up tomorrow, along with Jeff Locke and Gregory Polanco.
Holdzkom has been impressive this year, since being signed as a minor league free agent mid-season. He has been sitting in the upper 90s with his fastball, and posted a 2.49 ERA and a 27:10 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings with Indianapolis.
The decision to DFA McGuiness isn’t a big surprise. He’s a first base option, and the Pirates have too many of those on the roster right now. Aside from Ike Davis, Pedro Alvarez, and Gaby Sanchez, McGuiness would have to compete with Andrew Lambo and Tony Sanchez, who have spent time at first base.
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