Dario Agrazal Optioned to Indianapolis; Pirates Recall Dovydas Neverauskas

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal to Indianapolis prior to Thursday’s game in Houston. They recalled right-handed pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas from Indianapolis to take Agrazal’s spot.

This move was expected today. Agrazal was recalled for a spot start in yesterday’s game and he went six innings with one run allowed. Jordan Lyles is returning to the rotation on Saturday, so the Pirates will have five starting pitchers again. Since Agrazal wouldn’t be available over the next two days, the Pirates recalled Neverauskas to help out the bullpen. Unless they decide to send down a different reliever, you would expect Neverauskas to only be with the Pirates until they activate Lyles from the injured list.

Neverauskas has a 2.13 ERA, an 0.95 WHIP and a .198 BAA, with 32 strikeouts in 25.1 innings with Indianapolis. He has thrown 4.2 shutout innings in his last four appearances with the Pirates.