The Pittsburgh Pirates added right-handed pitchers Dario Agrazal and Parker Markel ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals. To make room on the 25-man roster, both Chris Archer and Clay Holmes were placed on the 10-day injured list.
Archer started last night’s game, but while warming up for the second inning, he felt some right shoulder discomfort and left the game. The Pirates officially called it right shoulder inflammation today. Holmes followed Archer and he threw 3.2 innings, while allowing one run. His injury is described as left quadriceps discomfort.
Agrazal made two starts after being sent to Indianapolis back on August 6th. In those outings, he has allowed eight runs on 14 hits over nine innings. Agrazal was scheduled to start today, so he will be available for 90+ pitches tonight if needed. In 42 innings with the Pirates this season, he has a 4.29 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 42 innings.
Markel was with the Pirates briefly earlier this month after being picked up off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. In two appearances, he allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings. At age 28, he made his big league debut earlier this year with the Mariners. He allowed nine runs over 4.2 innings during his first big league stint. Markel has pitched terrific with Indianapolis in his short time, throwing six no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts.
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