Bucs Recall Sadler, Option McRae

Pirates make a roster move to improve bullpen depth.

Noah Hiles
August 05, 2018 - 2:08 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Following the departure of Tyler Glasnow in the Chris Archer trade and Steven Brault, who was optioned down to Triple-A earlier this week, the Pirates are actively searching within the organization for a player who can fill the long reliever role in their bullpen.

Prior to the start of their game on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced that they‘ve recalled 28-year old Casey Sadler from Indianapolis, in hopes that he can be the guy to step up and fill the open spot.

Sadler, who has not pitched in the major leagues since 2015, was called up earlier this season on July 23 but was then sent back down just two days later without seeing any playing time. In 26 outings for Indianapolis this season (8 starts), Sadler has a record of 6-5 and a 3.43 earned run average.

With the addition of Sadler, the Pirates will option Alex McRae back to Triple-A. McRae pitched in just two games during his second stint in the majors this season with Bucs, where he went 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA. The rookie struggled in his most recent outing on Saturday, where he was dealt the loss after allowing three earned runs off of five hits and four walks in 3.1 innings of work in the Pirates’ 8-4 loss to the Cardinals. McRae returns to Indianapolis where he has gone 3-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts) this season.