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Monday, December 5, 2022

Pirates Activate JT Brubaker from Injured List; Recall Tucupita Marcano

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitcher JT Brubaker from the injured list on Tuesday evening so he could make tonight’s start against the St Louis Cardinals. He will be on a limited pitch count since he hasn’t pitched in 19 days. Brubaker has made 27 starts this season, posting a 4.58 ERA in 141.1 innings, with a 1.46 WHIP and 145 strikeouts.

The Pirates also recalled Tucupita Marcano for the final two games of the season. He last played for the Pirates on September 7th, then reported to Indianapolis until the end of the Triple-A season. He joined the Pirates on the taxi squad last week. This season in the majors, he has hit .201/.251/.302 in 48 games.

Roansy Contreras and Jose Godoy were optioned to make room on the active roster. Contreras already made his last start over the weekend, while the Pirates have two other catchers on the active roster, Jason Delay and Tyler Heineman.

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Bae is a stud ballplayer. Need to find a place for this guy in the line up everyday next year.

b mcferren

I suspect Tucupito has been written off too early

He looked really good during the weeks when he first came up


23 years old, I would hope he’s not been written off.

The problem is he’s got a lot of competition at every position he can play. He’s going to have to break out to force his way into the lineup – or force a trade.


Lots of competition for playing time all around, am hoping that forces some guys to step forward and claim jobs for themselves


I was always afraid Bae would become trade fodder, but now I think he has forced Marcano/Castillo onto that slope. Castillo’s power will get him a longer leash thanTucupito, though.


IIRC they had their eye on Tucu for a while before they finally got him in a trade, so I doubt they give up on him quickly.

Last edited 2 months ago by john_fluharty

Yep, he is young and was wanted, but is he now blocked? Next year is time to force the issue for him to see if his future is in Pittsburgh, or elsewhere. (as the footsteps of Gonzales get louder). Good problem to have for the Bucs.

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