Saturday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired RHP Robert Stephenson off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies. The Pirates made room on the 40-man roster by DFA’ing Kevin Padlo but waited to make the 26-man roster move until Sunday.
To make room for Stephenson, who joined the Pirates Sunday afternoon, have placed J.T. Brubaker on paternity leave. This buys the Pirates a maximum of three days to make another roster move for Stephenson.
Brubaker’s last outing was going rather well through the first four innings on Aug. 23 against the Atlanta Braves, until the fifth inning, where he gave up five runs. Brubaker pitched 6.2 innings giving up six earned runs on nine hits.
Brubaker now has a rare opportunity to get some rest before we head into the final stretch of the season, which could prove to be vital for Brubaker and the Pirates.
Stephenson has had a rough go of things since pitching with the Rockies, but he is a former first-round pick and had a deadly slider going back to 2019 with the Reds.
Stephenson’s slider in 2019 held a unique -17 run value, and it held opponents to a .125 average and an impressive .250 slugging against.
This is no guarantee that Stephenson can get back to his intriguing 2019 form, but this move isn’t the worst move the Pirates have performed in 2022.