The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled pitcher Vin Mazzaro up from Triple-A and optioned Bryan Morris in a corresponding move.
Morris is an unlucky dude. Ever since he was called up in late 2012, he has been a very effective relief pitcher. However, the Pirates just haven’t had room for him. He is definitely ready to be in the MLB, but the Pirates just haven’t given him a shot. Morris pitched three innings in Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, and he didn’t give up a run. In 2012, he pitched five innings, striking out six with a 1.80 ERA.
This move is surely just to provide insurance to the bullpen. The starting pitching for the Pirates hasn’t been able to pitch deep into games, so the bullpen has been extremely overworked. James McDonald wasn’t even able to pitch out of the second inning of Monday night’s game, so Justin Wilson and Morris had to take on a big workload.
With Jonathan Sanchez pitching in tonight’s game against the Cardinals, the Pirates must have thought they would need the bullpen to work a lot again tonight. In Sanchez’s last start, he only went 3.1 innings. Early exits have been a theme early on for the Pirates starting pitchers, and it is a theme that must change.
Morris is 26, so it’s time for the Pirates to give him a shot. His pitches are just too good, his stuff too explosive, and he needs to be in the Pirates’ bullpen.
Mazzaro has pitched seven innings for the Pirates’ Triple-A team in 2013, allowing just one walk and three hits while piling up nine strikeouts.