Pirates Place Vogelsong on Disabled List, Recall Schugel

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with facial fractures, and right-handed reliever A.J. Schugel will take his place on the active roster. Vogelsong was hit in the face by a 92 MPH fastball during yesterday’s game and had to leave the stadium via ambulance. Facial fractures obviously doesn’t sound good, so he will likely miss quite a bit of time. The Pirates didn’t give any other details of the injury or possible recovery time.

Schugel pitched earlier this season for the Pirates, posting a 4.96 ERA in 16.1 innings over 11 relief appearances. Since being sent down, he has made two appearances for Indianapolis, throwing 2.2 no-hit innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. He last pitched five days ago, so he will be available for long relief tonight if the need should arise.

  • not exactly the type of injury i wanted to see from vogelsong to get him off the active roster, I was hoping for something more like a 3rd degree hamstring pull………never want to see anything like that, hopefully this will give him the ability to retire once he is healthy

  • Get well RV! I’ll pray for a speedy recovery! I expected him to be gone soon but NEVER like that!

  • How soon can the bring Taillon up? He must be pretty close and the Super 2 dead line should be approaching in a few weeks. They could be buying time for Taillon at that point Nicasio or Locke could move to the long relief role.

    • I don’t think Nicasio would be long relief, he’s more of the 6/7 guy with Hughes and Caminero struggling

      • Nicasio will be used in both situations and he will excel.

        • you can’t really use them in both situations. The whole point of a long reliever requires him to be rested in case he is needed for 3-4 innings. Obviously if he is used 2 our of 4 games even for an inning, he isn’t going to be able to do that

  • I saw Vogelsong go into an Edgar Snyder office today. Somebody is going to get a package in the mail soon.

    • Sorry Bill but this comment really strikes me as out of bounds. Vogelsong may well be waiting to find out if he has permanent damage. His injury is not a joking matter, and the attempt at a joke doesn’t even square up as being an option for RV.

  • Yea, the dreaded orbital fracture is more than the 15 day DL. That’s just the first step until Huntington can figure out where to go next.

    • You don’t put someone on the 60-day DL until you need to clear a 40-man space. It’s not a question of “figuring out where to go next”; it’s a question of having someone who needs to be added to the 40-man.

      • you just put him on the 60 day when its time for diaz to come off, pretty simple

  • I think Masterson will be up soon, this injury opens the door for him. That being said I wish Volgy the best, hope this doesn’t end his career. He is a great guy and will be missed I’m sure

  • BallHeadWonder
    May 24, 2016 3:53 pm

    I sincerely wish Vogelsong the best in getting better!! I hate to see that his Pirate career will end the way it did. He has played his last game as a Pirate.

  • If only it was that “other” AJ? 🙂

  • Scott Kliesen
    May 24, 2016 3:17 pm


    • Maybe 2 starts for possibly $1.5 to $2.5 mil per start if he becomes a Super Deuce, and is relatively average? Maybe if Zduriencik was our GM, but not NH, and I am glad he is as steadfast as he is in his decisions/direction.

      • Cubs keep losing we may not even care.

      • Scott Kliesen
        May 24, 2016 5:34 pm

        I just see it pretty easy to send Kuhl back down for a couple weeks later when JTTG are available making your point moot.

      • kuhl? why? emjay…..we can just send him back down, it isn’t like his clock keeps going if we option him back down in 60 days when glasnow is ready….

  • Speedy recovery.