Pirates general manager Ben Cherington has announced that Bryse Wilson has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Zach Thompson coming off the IL. Wilson had most likely his best start as a Pirate Saturday afternoon, where he pitched six innings, and only two runs were given up.
This now marks two starts in a row where Wilson was called up for a spot start and was immediately sent down the following day. Fortunately for Wilson, the Pirates didn’t send him down because of a horrible game; it was just the only option to make room for Thompson.
Cherington mentioned that the Pirates have a doubleheader against the Reds coming up and hinted at Wilson potentially being added as the 27th man. We shall see how the Pirates handle Wilson from here on out.
After being placed on the IL on June 20th with right-forearm inflammation, Thompson will be thrust into immediate action Sunday afternoon to face the Brewers in a series-clinching game four. Before the IL stint, Thompson had a good month of June. In 14.1 innings pitched, Thompson held opponents to a .216 average with an ERA of 2.51.
Thompson, on the year, has pitched 54.1 innings, held opponents to a .254 average, and has an ERA of 4.47. Curious to see if Thompson continues to use the cutter as a main weapon Sunday afternoon.