The Pittsburgh Pirates added right-handed pitcher Roansy Contreras and outfielder Cal Mitchell to the active roster ahead of tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies. Contreras is starting tonight’s game. To make room on the active roster, Heath Hembree and and Daniel Vogelbach have been placed on the injured list. To make room on the 40-man roster, Cam Alldred, who started for Indianapolis today, was designated for assignment.
Contreras was with the Pirates earlier this season and allowed three runs on four hits, three walks and ten strikeouts in 7.2 innings over three relief appearances. He was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis to get stretched out as a starter, where he had a 2.66 ERA in 20.1 innings over five starts, with a 1.18 WHIP and an 11:24 BB/SO ratio.
Mitchell’s arrival was announced this morning. The 23-year-old right fielder was hitting .307/.362/.500 in 34 games for Indianapolis, with nine doubles, five homers, 6-for-6 in steals and an impressive strikeout rate. He put up a .759 OPS in 109 games for Altoona last year, then capped the season with a seven-game trial for Indianapolis. He was a second round draft pick in 2017 out of high school. You can read more on him in that link, which has other links for articles on Mitchell as well.
Vogelbach was placed on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. He was hitting .241/.321/.457 in 34 games, mostly as the designated hitter. Hembree has struggled this year with an 8.10 ERA in 17 appearances, putting up a 1.80 WHIP in 13.1 innings. He was put on the 15-day IL, dated back to May 21st, with a right calf strain.
The 25-year-old Alldred debuted in the majors 12 days ago and made one scoreless appearance before being sent back to Indianapolis. He has a 2.42 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 22.1 innings with Indianapolis this season.+ posts
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