With all 30 Major League teams needing to trim their rosters from 28 players to 26, the Pirates announced that they optioned a pair of pitchers to Triple-A. Right-hander Miguel Yajure and lefty Sam Howard have been sent down to Indianapolis.
It’s been a rough start to the season for Yajure, who turned 24-years-old on Sunday. Through 10.1 innings on the year, Yajure has an 11.32 ERA/5.89 FIP with six walks and just 4 strikeouts. He’s allowed 16 hits, including a home run, and plunked two batters.
Yajure will try and figure it out Indianapolis, and it’s quite possible the right-hander will get opportunities to pitch out of the rotation. All six of his appearances with the Pirates this season have come out of the bullpen.
After working his way back from an injury and being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis last week, Howard has pitched a pair of innings over three appearances. He’s given up two runs and control has been a problem for Howard, who has walked four and hit a batter in his two innings of work.
The Pirates now have an even split of 13 pitchers and 13 position players on their active roster.