Pirates look to Cumpton for bullpen help
The Sports Xchange
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Neal Huntington talked about being confident the bullpen could be strengthened by internal options.
One of those is rookie right-hander Brandon Cumpton, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.
The move came two days after Cumpton made his first relief appearance of the season at Indianapolis, pitching one scoreless inning on Sunday against Rochester in the International League. The 25-year-old made 11 starts with Indianapolis and 10 with the Pirates earlier in the season.
Right-hander Wirfin Obispo is the only Indianapolis reliever on the 40-man roster. He has a 3.28 ERA in 22 games for Indianapolis.
Left-hander Rafael Perez (1.35 ERA) and right-hander Vin Mazzaro (2.01 ERA) have pitched effectively in the major leagues in the past, but the Pirates would have to clear roster space to add either. The same goes for lefty Andy Oliver (2.57 ERA) and journeyman righty Josh Kinney (3.21 ERA).
Oliver is the most intriguing member of the Indianapolis bullpen as he has 13 saves, striking out 73 while allowing just 29 hits in 56 innings. However, he has also issued 36 walks.
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--RHP Brandon Cumpton was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and will pitch in relief. Cumpton began making the conversion from starter to relief in his last outing for Indianapolis when he pitched one scoreless inning against Rochester in the International League. Overall, Cumpton was 5-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 12 games. He made 10 starts for the Pirates earlier this season and went 3-3 with a 4.98 ERA.
--RHP Casey Sadler was optioned back to Indianapolis just one day after being recalled and giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief in a win over Detroit. Sadler has made five relief appearances for the Pirates this season and is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. He will continue starting at Indianapolis.
--RHP Gerrit Cole will make a fourth rehab start for Indianapolis on Saturday rather than be activated from the disabled list. He will be on a limit of seven innings or 90 pitches. Cole, who has been on the DL since July 5 with a strained right lat, is 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA in his three starts with Indianapolis.
--INF Clint Barmes will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Altoona and will also play some games for Triple-A Indianapolis before being activated. He has been on the disabled list since June 30 with a strained left groin.
--2B Neil Walker was unavailable to play again Tuesday because of lower back tightness. It marked the seventh straight game in which he did not start and third game in a row in which he did not play.