Late Monday night, John Raynor was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Jeff Karstens, who was brought up from Triple-A Indy.
Right-hander Jeff Karstens was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis and will make a spot start Tuesday against the Brewers. To clear a roster spot, outfielder John Raynor was designated for assignment.
Another lineup tweak tonight by manager John Russell. Andrew McCutchen will bat leadoff for the first time this season.
Before Sunday’s game, the Pirates made two moves to shore up their battered pitching staff. Left-hander Brian Burres was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, and righty Brian Bass was selected from Indy.
Pirates right-hander Chris Jakubauskas was struck on the head by a line drive in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Houston Astros.
Saturday afternoon, Ross Ohlendorf (back spasms) had a light side session at Minute Maid Park. Ohlendorf threw 22 pitches from halfway up the mound without pain.