PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Yesterday the Tribune-Review’s Dejan Kovacevic reported, according to an internal source, that Pirates right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia privately volunteered to pick up the team’s tired pitching staff after a 19-inning win in St. Louis. The team has confirmed Correia will indeed make a spot start, opposing Edinson Volquez, in tonight’s game at San Diego, the start of a three-game set against the Padres.
Correia put up a pair of zeroes in the ninth and tenth innings of the Bucs’ 6-3 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday. The former Padre, who had been moved to the bullpen following the Wandy Rodriguez trade in late July, has gone 9-7 with a 4.56 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in his second season in Pittsburgh, working 124 1/3 innings. Prior to an 11-0 drubbing against Los Angeles at PNC Park last Tuesday, he had earned seven straight wins amidst two no-decisions.
Rodriguez, the originally scheduled starter for Monday’s lid-lifter, also pitched two (unplanned) innings on Sunday, getting through the 18th and 19th frames to earn his first win as a Pirate.
Meanwhile, the Pirates made other roster moves to spell their pitchers. Reliever Juan Cruz has been designated for assignment, while Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson have been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Cruz had struggled since coming off the DL over a week ago, allowing eight runners in just 4 2/3 innings and posting a 3.86 ERA in that span.
Wilson, 24, a 2008 fifth-round Pirate draftee, has two signature performances with Indy under his belt: he pitched 7 1/3 innings of a combined no-hitter Apr. 29 against Durham, and on Aug. 9 tossed a rain-shortened eight-inning no-hitter against Charlotte. The lefty is 9-6 through 25 starts with a 3.84 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
McPherson, a right-hander who just turned 25, had a cup of coffee with the Indians, but spent most of 2012 with the Double-A Altoona Curve. With Altoona he went 3-5 in nine starts with a 4.07 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, recording an impressive 46 strikeouts against just five walks in 48 2/3 innings.
In addition, reserve infielder Jordy Mercer has been placed on paternity leave to be present for the birth of his son.
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