Bucs Make Roster Moves to Aid Bullpen

Bucs look toward a new and old face to receive bullpen help.

Noah Hiles
July 07, 2018 - 3:46 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Prior to the start of their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, July 7 the Pittsburgh Pirates announced their latest roster move which pertained to reshuffling their bullpen, activating right handed reliever Michael Feliz off of the 10 day disabled list and promoting Alex McRae from AAA Indianapolis.

Prior to being placed on the 10 day disabled list on June 24 due to right shoulder inflammation, Feliz had appeared in 33 games this season for the Pirates where he went 0-2 with a 5.51 earned run average in 32.2 innings of work. Feliz originally joined the Pirates last off season when he was one of the four players that the club received from the Houston Astros in exchange for right hander Gerrit Cole.

Unlike Feliz, McRae will be making his first ever trip to the big leagues. McRae was selected by the Pirates in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB draft. Though he will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Pirates, the 25 year old righty hander has only made one relief appearance for the Indians this season. In his other 16 outings, which were all starts, McRae has gone 3-7 with a 4.61 ERA. In McRae’s last outing he went 5.2 innings allowing one earned run off of seven hits while striking out five.

With Feliz and McRae joining the big league club the Pirates have optioned RHP Dovydas Neverauskus and LHP Josh Smoker back to AAA. Both Neverauskus and Smoker have struggled to find consistency at the major league level this season posting ERAs of 11.85 and 11.12, respectively, during their short stints with the Bucs.