Pirates notebook: Tyler Glasnow, Jacob Stallings among call-ups
ST. LOUIS — Looking into the future and searching for immediate help from the bullpen, the Pirates recalled six players from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.
The list includes catcher Jacob Stallings, right-handed pitchers Tyler Glasnow, Johnny Barbato, Jack Leathersich and Edgar Santana and lefty Dan Runzler. Glasnow excelled at Indy with a record of was 9-2 and a 1.93 ERA in 93 1⁄3 innings.
“We anticipate rolling (Glasnow) into the rotation for a start on Wednesday,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “I need to talk to Trevor (Williams) because he's scheduled to start that day. That may be an opportunity for Tyler. We'll see.”
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington also said Wednesday's starter was not determined. He welcomed the addition of Runzler.
“Runzler is a veteran left-hander that did a good job for us in Indianapolis,” said Huntington. “I think he's going to help.”
Runzler was 1-4 with seven saves and a 3.05 ERA. Barbato was 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA and four saves, and Santana posted eight saves with a 1-3 record and a 2.79 ERA.
Stallings was solid behind the plate and had a .301 batting average.
“We're looking for a couple left-handed guys because that's been one of our areas that we've not done as well as we hoped,” Hurdle said. “That's been an ongoing seasonal challenge. I think we have a couple guys that will help us moving forward. Barbato, we've used him in multiple inning roles.
“Santana, we like him a lot. Tyler to start. Stallings, he's done a very good job for us when called upon. It hasn't been a lot. But in the games he's showed up, he's been productive behind the plate, and he's been productive with the bat. He's coming off his finest offensive season since he's been in our minor league system.”
Polanco rests Sunday
Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco wasn't in Sunday's starting lineup in the series finale against the Cardinals, but there is no reason for alarm.
Polanco came off the disabled list Friday after missing time with a left hamstring strain. He was 0 for 4 that day, including three strikeouts. Polanco bounced back nicely Saturday with three hits, including a double.
“We were not anticipating playing him three days in a row anyway,” Hurdle said. “It was going to be two and a day for recovery. We anticipate him being back in there tomorrow.”
Hurdle said Polanco looked good at the plate after a tough night Friday.
“He took better swings last night,” Hurdle said. “He'd been out a month facing live pitching. Little rough the first night, but he showed some improvement last night.”
In the sixth inning Saturday night, Polanco laced a double to left. Cards left fielder Tommy Pham made the play at second a little closer than Polanco expected with the Pirates right fielder not sliding.
“He really made a good throw,” Polanco said. “I feel good. No problems.”
Hurdle said Polanco's recent injury was not the reason the play was close.
“It wasn't anything to do with his legs on the double,” said Hurdle. “He doubted where the left fielder was, and he took things for granted and the left fielder made a play he wasn't aware of. That's why it went the way it did. We got him out after that. We didn't want him doing extra innings for sure. He swung the bat better.”
Second baseman Adam Frazier also was out of Sunday's lineup. His inside-the-park home run Saturday was a good test of his right hamstring after coming off the disabled list Friday.
“I won't say he's tired, but to play him today, after what he went through last night and the way he finished doesn't seem to make much sense after spending 11 days on the disabled list,” Hurdle said. “He had a pinch hit at-bat, a full game and we'll give him a rest. He'll be back in the lineup tomorrow.”
Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl celebrated his 25th birthday Sunday. Kuhl had a RBI double off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez in Saturday's loss. ... On Sunday, Josh Harrison (left hand fracture) was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He was hit by a pitch on Sept. 3 against the Cincinnati Reds.
Keith Schildroth is a freelance writer.