Bucs option Brault and Kingham to make room for Kela and Neverauskas

Pirates shuffle around bullpen with the arrival of Keone Kela

Noah Hiles
August 03, 2018 - 6:29 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Upon the arrival of newly acquired relief pitcher Keone Kela, the Pirates announced that they had made two roster moves prior to the start of their game on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Kela joins the Pirates after playing his first four seasons in the major leagues with the Texas Rangers. This season as the club’s closer, Kela has gone 3-3 with a 3.44 earned run average and converted 24 of his 25 save opportunities successfully.

The Pirates have also recalled right handed reliever Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis. In his two short stints with the major league club this season, Neverauskas has struggled to find consistency on the mound, having an ERA of 11.85. While he has certainly experienced times of struggle, Neverauskas also has displayed some promise, striking out 16 batters in his 13.2 innings of work in the big leagues.

Right handed starting pitcher Nick Kingham and left handed relief pitcher Steven Brault (5-2) will be optioned down to Triple-A to make room for Kela and Neverauskas on the major league roster. After putting together a short string of solid starts, Kingham struggled in his last two outings threw a combined 4.0 innings, allowing six earned runs off of 10 hits. Kingham has a record of 5-6 and a 5.02 ERA in 12 starts this year with the Pirates.

Brault has also had a rough time on the hill for the Bucs, getting scored upon in each of his last two outings. In his last time out, Brault allowed two earned runs off of five hits and five walks when he came in to relieve Kingham in his poor start against the Cubs on Wednesday. Brault has walked a team high 46 batters this season in 69.1 innings pitched. Overall, Brault has gone 5-2 with a 4.93 ERA in 31 total outings this year for the Bucs.