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Pirates Select Rob Zastryzny to Start on Thursday; Option Yohan Ramirez



Pittsburgh Pirates, Rob Zastryzny

PITTSBURGH — In need of a starter for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Additionally, right-handed reliever Yohan Ramirez was optioned down to Triple-A while left-hander Angel Perdomo was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 26-man and 40-man rosters, respectively.

This will be the second stint for Zastryzny with the Pirates this year. He was with the club from Opening Day until he was designated for assignment on July 7.

In 18 relief appearances for the Pirates in 2023, Zastryzny was 0-1 with a 5.29 ERA (10er/17.0ip). He allowed 20 hits, walked 13 and struck out 13.

This will be the first time the lefty has started a game at the big league level since Sep. 29, 2016 while with the Cubs. Coincidently enough, that start came against the Pirates.

In 26 relief appearances with Pittsburgh this season, Ramirez is 1-0 with a 3.67 ERA across 34.1 innings pitched. He pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in the Pirates’ 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.

Perdomo getting transferred to the 60-day injured list ends his season. After undergoing imaging, preliminary results showed a flexor strain in his pitching arm and the initial recommendation for the injury is no throwing for 2-3 weeks.

The 29-year-old pitched well for the Pirates this season in his 30 appearances. To go along with a 3.72 ERA, Perdomo was 3-2 and struck out 44 batters against only 11 walks in 29.0 innings pitched.

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