Pirates Activate Joe Musgrove from Disabled List; Designate George Kontos for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove from the disabled list on Friday afternoon. To make room on the 25-man roster, reliever George Kontos was designated for assignment.

Musgrove had made four minor league starts between Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. He needed to do that to build up his pitch count, which was just under 100 pitches in his final start. Musgrove also threw a simulated game at PNC Park before his first rehab appearance. He missed time this spring with shoulder discomfort, then strained the same shoulder right before the season started. He was activated today to make his season debut at PNC Park against the St Louis Cardinals.

Kontos has been struggling this season. He has a 5.03 ERA and a 6.06 FIP in 19.2 innings over 21 appearances, with a 1.42 WHIP and just nine strikeouts. The Pirates moved him out of his late inning role last week, hoping that would help him get on track, but the results weren’t getting any better.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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IC Bob

Is this the same Kontos that everyone raved about being such a great pick up just 10 months ago?


Do you think there would be any takers for Nova? He hasn’t pitched well in almost a calendar year, and he’s blocking Kingham, among others (possibly).


6.06 FIP

yikes. but the pirates surprised me. didn’t think they’d dfa him.

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