Pirates go with 10-man bullpen after recall of Dovydas Neverauskas, DFA of JB Shuck
Their pitching staff strained by another injury to starting pitcher, the Pittsburgh Pirates added an arm to their bullpen Saturday with the recall of Dovydas Neverauskas.
Neverauskas is a right-hander who appeared in 49 games the past two season for the Pirates, posting a 6.02 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 44 strikeouts and 54 hits allowed in 521/3 innings.
He opened this season on the injured list because of a left oblique strain and had a combined 1.90 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings over nine relief appearances this season with Single-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indianapolis.
Roster space for Neverauskas was created via outfielder JB Shuck getting designated for assignment.
The move gives the Pirates a 10-man bullpen. However, manager Clint Hurdle said a decision has been made about who will fill the rotation spot vacated by Jameson Taillon, who went on the injured list Saturday and will miss more than a month because of a right elbow flexor tendon strain.
Chris Archer is another starter on the injured list. The Pirates did not have to replace him, though, because of two idle days this past week and because he is eligible to come off the IL on Tuesday. Steven Brault and Nick Kingham are former starters who remain in the bullpen, and at least one of them likely will join the rotation soon.
Hurdle said the Pirates would make their intentions known Sunday.
Shuck, 32, hit .213/.339/.255 in 57 appearances over 27 games this season for the Pirates, his sixth MLB team in a career that has spanned nine seasons.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .