The Pittsburgh Pirates placed pitcher Wil Crowe on the 15-day injured list prior to Saturday’s game against the St Louis Cardinals due to right elbow inflammation. Pitcher Junior Fernandez has been recalled from Indianapolis to take his place on the 28-man roster for the final five days of the season.
Fernandez pitched for the Cardinals in each of the last four seasons, posting a 5.51 ERA in 50.2 innings over 47 games. He gave up two runs on two hits and six walks in eight innings since joining the Indianapolis Indians.
Crowe has struggled recently with a 10.61 ERA in September. He finishes the season with a 4.38 ERA in 60 appearances, with a 1.39 WHIP in 76 innings.
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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.