Duane Underwood Returns to Pirates; Kranick Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. from the 10-day injured list on Thursday night, shortly before game time. To make room on the 26-man roster, pitcher Max Kranick has been optioned to Indianapolis.

Underwood Jr pitched just one game for the Pirates this year before going on the injured list with a hamstring strain. He allowed a hit (and run) to the only batter he faced back on April 7th in the season opener. He has pitched four rehab games since then, seeing time with three different affiliates. He allowed one run in 4.2 innings during those games.

Kranick has pitched five shutout innings for the Pirates over two appearances this season, allowing three hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Check our Game Discussion post for the other moves from today.

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Picked up where he left off…


It sure seems like an equal trade…Nah just kidding…


Might be getting ahead of myself but given the front office’s relatively recent moves, maybe Underwood doesn’t get such a long runway. One thing I have never understood is why BC has accumulated so many fringe guys who can’t be optioned. If they’re undercooked but have 2 options, fine. If they’re out of options but are at least passable, fine. But the dudes who stink on ice AND you can’t option them – I’m looking at you, De Jong – what’s the point?


I think they have been happy with what they saw from Kranick and do want him to get starts in Indianapolis. He should be up in 10 days and maybe he will get a shot in the rotation. Underwood define fungible middle reliever.

Last edited 1 year ago by Born4rf

Since Kranick isn’t available it makes sense, other than that not so much.

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