While you may have been watching college football, the Pirates made some roster moves on this Saturday.
– Brandon Cumpton has been recalled from Indianapolis. The 24-year-old right-hander went from being organizational depth to a very serviceable arm this season. In four starts at the big league level, Cumpton has posted a 2.78 ERA.
– James McDonald was designated for assignment. After quite a few ups-and-downs, there simply isn’t room for J-Mac on the roster anymore. He’s currently healthy so there’s no reason to keep him on the disabled list; Clint Hurdle said they wanted to give him an opportunity to sign with another team. Earlier in the day, we looked at McDonald’s five best and worst moments as a Pirate.
– Starling Marte has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. Good news: he’s back and ready to contribute. Bad news: he can’t hit yet. Marte’s in “pinch-run-only mode” for the time being. Hopefully he’s back at 100% soon.