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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Vogelsong Activated from Disabled List, Boscan Released, Moroff Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitcher Ryan Vogelsong from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. To make room on the 40-man roster, they have unconditionally released pitcher Wilfredo Boscan. To make room on the 25-man roster, infielder Max Moroff was optioned back to Indianapolis.

Vogelsong is scheduled to start tonight’s game, his first game back since being hit in the eye during his start on May 23rd. He made four rehab outings, split between Indianapolis and Altoona. In his last start eight days ago, Vogelsong allowed two runs over seven innings.

Boscan was on the Indianapolis disabled list due to a strained oblique, which wasn’t thought to be serious at the time. He had a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings over six appearances for the Pirates, including one start. In Indianapolis, the 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.75 ERA in 84 innings.

Moroff only saw two pinch-hit appearances during his time in Pittsburgh, striking out both times.

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Joshuatree

This is equally disappointing news! This was the part where the fanbase was rooting for Lockes unconditional release. This week keeps getting worse.

GreenWeenie

Vogey and Locke starting the last two games. Boys!!! The Wild Card is ours!!!!!!

Dale O

Vogelsong didn’t lose this game.

GreenWeenie

That’s not the point.

BuccosFanStuckinMD

Demoralized by the ineptitude of the FO, looks like players have quit in Atlanta. They’ve been completely outplayed and should have been swept….

dr dng

No, I don’t think this is FO, I just have a feeling that its personal.

BuccosFanStuckinMD

Probably both….

dr dng

After watching this, I can now say this team has some deep
dark problems. Something really bad is going on in the dugout
and lockerroom. This may be where we miss AJ the most.
He would not have put up with this crap. If the coaches are
not going to upset the buffet table, he probably would.

IC Bob

Management dropped a turd on this team and they understand it. I was at that game tonight and anyone who thinks Rivero is helping this team this year is fooling themselves. Bastardo is who we thought he was, a bad lefty the Mets couldn’t wait to trade. I would have rather had Niece for two months and then kicked him to the curb and save the 6.5 million we are obligated to pay that stiff Bastardo next year. The stupid shifts we are playing are starting to be exploited. I don’t mind it on dead pull hitters but shifting on guys like Encarte is idiotic as well as having your 3B in the SS position thus allowing a guy to steal third. It was an error but it was going to take a perfect play that likely has never been practiced to get him.

BuccosFanStuckinMD

Neal needs to go….and a stronger disciplinarian may be needed in the dugout….

bucsws2014

Vogey just flipped a bird at all yinz haters.

freddylang

Thank god they unplugged Cutch. Now no one will get electrocuted during the rain delay.

bucsws2014

I didn’t realize Vogelsong had kicked so many posters’ puppies.

What has the guy done in his two starts this year to offend all of yinz?

BuccosFanStuckinMD

It’s not Vogelsong, it’s just him being in the rotation at his age sums up the organization. Most teams, in this spot, would bring up a young starter like Brault or Williams, to see what they have and plan for next season. The Pirates choose to give those valuable starting opportunities to a 38 year old on a one year contract. Just genius.

Thomas H

I’m not a fan of the guy but I have to admit he is playing well tonight.

Y2JGQ2

he has pitched more than 2 games, who cares that he had two starts. It doesn’t require 13 starts to know that he sucks, you can see this

bucsws2014

Betcha if he gets 10 starts he does better than Niese or Locke did – and probably Kuhl.

Vogelsong is on record that he likes the routine of starting and hates being in the pen.

I’ll be rooting for him and hope he does really well.

Y2JGQ2

im a pirates fan so i’d like to see him pitch well enough for us to win, sadly….he is old and also not very good. I’m sure Ichiro would like the routine of starting everyday too, but hes old, and not as good as other options……you lose the ability to dictate as your skills erode, and Vogelsong was only good for about two years as it is.

William R. Maloni Sr

Boscan may not be a world beater but he must have a better baseball future (because he has more of one) than the 38 year old Vogelsong.

Another move which makes no baseball sense.

RobForsyth

I’m a numb skull as to how the system works anymore, but will they try to resign Boscan if he clears waivers?

Sports70

The fact Locke and Vogelsong are making back-to-back starts is simply pathetic and inexcusable at this point

BuccosFanStuckinMD

That sums up the first 4 months of the season, while the clueless GM sat idly by thinking it would get better….that Niese and Locke would become Matlack and Koosman.

William R. Maloni Sr

Yay you; but that was the case eight weeks ago, too.

IC Bob

We will see a minor transaction like this next year around this time releasing Hutchison.

BuccosFanStuckinMD

If not sooner….Toronto must be giggling with glee

Ken

Dumbest post of the year!

BuccosFanStuckinMD

No, a dumber one was someone suggesting Hutchison would be the Pirates #2 starter next year….

Dale O

Doubtful.

freddylang

Good. Moroff needs to get back to Indy and get some reps. In the middle of a slump wasn’t the best time to call him up…but that’s like the 7th most wrong thing they did this week so….

BuccosFanStuckinMD

The team looks like it’s being run like a Chinese fire drill….it’s Neal’s amateur hour…..there has been a better baseball man than him that could run this team….he’s making Syd Thrift look competent by comparison…

michael t

You missed the memo:

Despite complaints, the Pirates might have upgraded for 2016 and 2017
Please get with the program or find another outlet

BuccosFanStuckinMD

Yeah and the Earth is flat

freddylang

…so I dreamt everything I saw this week?

michael t

nope
It was a nightmare, and watching people try to justify it as an upgrade or good business is making it worse.

deacs

It was on the list of head scratchers. They called up Kuhl out of need when he wasn’t doing well but they needed a start. Moroff was an odd move.

michael t

I thought Harrison was being traded (on the block)when the move was made.
If you are dumping contracts he had to be in the conversation.

freddylang

Harrison deal still could happen. 19 guaranteed next two years makes him low hanging fruit with the emergence of Frazier. If the “financial flexibility” thing is true they could have the flexibility to spend even less in 17 and 18.

bucsws2014

Now that would get Cutch pretty upset.

Stephen Brooks

I mean, if you’re going to bring someone up from Indy, why not Bell? What would be the harm there?

BuccosFanStuckinMD

Because we have an arrogant GM running this team who is in over his head…

michael t

pet boy Jaso would lose innings……please get with the program.

deacs

No harm. Especially short term.

cskomsky

I am really starting to think the reason bell is at aaa is service time. If they keep him there until september and keep him at aaa for about first 6 weeks at the start of next year they will get an extra year of control

Koloacat

I hope you’re wrong about that, I would be very unhappy to have to wait until after the Super 2 deadline next year before we see Bell. But I just cannot understand why he is not up now. Prior to the trade deadline I told myself that the Bucs were trying to trade Jaso which was why they didn’t bring up Bell. But now it is August 4 and still no Bell. Since it looks like it will be difficult to make the playoffs this season, why not bring up Bell and the young pitchers and give them some experience?

cskomsky

Not super 2, that now has no effect on bell being called up. It’s the 173 days of service time.

Koloacat

If Bell didn’t come up at all again this year, wouldn’t Super 2 be relevant next year?

cskomsky

not really, I think service days are more important now that he has been called up

Steven

Why waste an option on Bell? We all know he won’t be back until Sept. 1st unless something crazy happens. They brought up Max to give him a taste. The work & the results he’s had this yeah earned him that. It was pretty obvious whoever they called up at that time was just holding a roster spot until today for this move for Volgelsong.

cskomsky

It wouldn’t have wasted an option, you can recall him as many times as you want during the year. I believe you get three option years once a player is added to the 40 man roster

Steven

Good point. Wasn’t thinking that all the way through. I always forget how that works exactly.

Still don’t think we’ll see him until after Sept. 1st though.

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