UPDATE (4:13 p.m.) Derek Shelton has confirmed that Eickhoff will be Wednesday’s starter.
Per Jerod Prugar of DK Pittsburgh Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to call up RHP Jerad Eickhoff from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates are in need of another pitcher since Zach Thompson was placed on the 15-day IL Monday afternoon. Eickhoff was a non-roster invite to spring training and then was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Eickhoff has pitched in the Major Leagues since 2015 and is currently 30 years old. During his time in the Majors, Eickhoff has accumulated a 4.35 ERA in 459.2 innings pitched. To couple with his ERA, Eickhoff has held opponents to a .263/.318/.468 slash line and an OPS of .786 during his 85 career games played in the Majors.
Since joining the Pirates, Eickhoff has carried a 4.84 ERA in 13 games (six starts), has a WHIP of 1.076, struck out 47, and has walked 15 in 48.1 innings pitched. Eickhoff carried a four-seam, curveball, sinker, slider, and a changeup.
Since there is an opening in the Pirates’ rotation, one can assume that Eickhoff takes Thomspon’s place for the time being. There has been no corresponding move to make room for Eickhoff on the Pirates’ roster, but once the announcement is made, we will have you covered here at Pittsburgh Baseball Now.