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Pirates Recall Miguel Yajure, Along with a Large Group of Roster Moves

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The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled pitcher Miguel Yajure ahead of Monday’s game in Washington, and he will make the start tonight. To make room on the 26-man roster, lefty reliever Anthony Banda was designated for assignment. The Pirates also brought back Josh VanMeter from the injured list. They optioned outfielder Cal Mitchell to Indianapolis to open up a roster spot. In addition, Heath Hembree was released and Jason Delay was added to the taxi squad. Hembree was DFA’d last week.

Yajure hasn’t pitched much this year between his bullpen role early on for the Pirates, along with an injury that kept him out of action briefly this year twice. He gave up 13 runs in 10.1 innings with the Pirates over six games, and he has a 4.26 ERA in 12.2 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis, making five starts and one relief appearance.

Banda had a 6.41 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP in 19.2 innings over 23 appearances this year. He faltered yesterday by allowing two runs and all four batters reached against him, but he was coming off of three outings in which he tossed five shutout innings on two hits and no walks.

VanMeter has been in Indianapolis on rehab from a fractured finger earlier this month. He hit .111/.273/.111 in five games. He was hitting .214/.280/.357 in 35 games before the injury.

Mitchell was getting his first big league trial and he struggled after a nice start. He hit .193/.227/.325 in 88 plate appearances. At the time of his call up, he was the leading hitter for Indianapolis.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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