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Pirates Change Bullpen

Bucs make changes with second worst bullpen ERA in majors

April 13, 2018 - 2:46 pm

The Pirates changed up a bullpen with an ERA of 6.97.  Bucs calling up RHP Kyle Crick and RHP Richard Rodriguez from Triple-A Indy and sending down LHP Josh Smoker and RHP Clay Holmes.

Crick had a 3.06 ERA in 30 games with the Giants last year and came over as part of the Andrew McCutchen trade.  The 25-year-old gave up a run over four innings with Indianapolis.

Rodriguez gave up a hit and nine strikeouts over five innings in the minors.  The righty was signed after giving up nine runs in 5.2 innings with the Orioles last year.  In Triple A Norfolk last year, Rodriguez struck out 80 and walked only 18 in 70.2 innings.

Holmes appeared in only one game while Smoker made four scoreless appearances before allowing four runs to the Cubs on Wednesday.