The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Vince Velasquez on the 15-day Injured List. They have recalled right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong, who has been pitching on rehab with Triple-A Indianapolis.
In addition to those moves, infielder Drew Maggi has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Double-A Altoona. He played last night, so this is a quick turn around on a player going from being designated for assignment (which had to happen at some point after the game last night) to clearing waivers.
Velasquez left yesterday’s game early with right elbow discomfort. He has been solid for the Pirates this year, with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 35.1 innings over seven starts.
Anthony Murphy took a look this morning at how the Pirates could handle Velasquez missing time. De Jong is the short-term replacement, but he’s not a starter.
De Jong allowed six runs over 6.1 innings before being placed on the Injured List last month. He pitched three times for Indianapolis, throwing four shutout innings, though he allowed four hits and three walks, so it was not an easy time.
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Any word yet on Bae? He appeared to have encountered some pain after his last plate appearance.
Haven’t seen any reason to believe in DeJong this year. Or Villalobos.
Watched Villalobos last night. No mas.
Besides the 4 pitchers left in the rotation, what players on the roster can pitch at least 3 innings?
Ortiz would likely be brought up for Velasquez’s spot in the rotation.
A move could still be made on Tuesday.