5 Takeaways From Pittsburgh Pirates’ September Call-Ups

5 Takeaways From the Pirates' September Call-Ups

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On Sunday, Neal Huntington claimed that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be making September call-ups that would make people scratch their head. Huntington lived up to those comments Monday, making some very interesting decisions. These are five takeaways from the Pirates' September call-ups.

5. Gregory Polanco Still Has Things To Work Out

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5. Gregory Polanco Still Has Things To Work Out

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The Pirates sent Polanco to triple-A last week because of poor play and because of strong play from Travis Snider and Jose Tabata. Polanco is one of the Pirates' top prospects and was thought to be a lock to rejoin the team once rosters expanded. The fact that he wasn't seems to point to Polanco still having issues batting. Hopefully he will get it fixed and rejoin the team sooner rather than later.

4. Vance Worley Will Remain In the Rotation

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4. Vance Worley Will Remain In the Rotation

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Vance Worley has been great for the Pirates up to this point in the season, but his last few outings have been poor and he has given up a lot of solid contact. This caused some to speculate if he is on thin ice with his rotation spot. But since the Pirates did not call up one of their top pitching prospects, Nick Kingham or another starter, it looks like Worley's spot is still safe for now.

3. The First Base Platoon Is Still An Issue

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3. The First Base Platoon Is Still An Issue

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The only player who the Pirates actually recalled from triple-A today was catcher/first baseman Tony Sanchez. When asked how Sanchez would be used, manager Clint Hurdle said he would see some reps at first base down the stretch. The Pirates are already trying to find playing time for Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez and Pedro Alvarez at first, so this says the team is still not satisfied with first base and is still exploring all options.

2. The Team Loves John Holdzkom

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2. The Team Loves John Holdzkom

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While the Pirates didn't call up reliever John Holdzkom, they did add him to the 40-man roster so he would be playoff eligible. This is somewhat of a surprise since Holdzkom was signed out of the independent league only a few months ago and has only thrown 21.2 innings in triple-A. This tells me that the team really likes Holdzkom's stuff and thinks he could be a possible solution for a faltering bullpen down the stretch.

1. Something Is Wrong With Vin Mazzaro

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1. Something Is Wrong With Vin Mazzaro

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Mazzaro was in the Pirates' bullpen last season and performed at a high level for the team. This season, there was no spot for him in the bullpen, but with the bullpen struggling, it is shocking that he hasn't had more of a look in the majors. It is even more shocking that the Pirates chose to add the unproven Holdzkom to the roster over Mazzaro. There just must be something the Pirates know that we don't because this was a big head-scratcher.

Justin Broyles is a Pirates writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @Tweets_ByJ, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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