The Pirates today claimed right-handers Chan Ho Park and Chris Resop. Both will pitch out of the bullpen, as the Pirates continue to seek the right mix of middle-inning help.
Resop will join the team in time for Thursday’s game against Colorado. To clear roster space, righty reliever Steven Jackson (0-1, 11.57 ERA) was designated for assignment.
First baseman Steve Pearce was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, which opened a spot for Park on the 40-man roster. When Park arrives in Pittsburgh on Friday, the Pirates must make another move to free up a spot on their active roster.
Park, 37, went 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 29 outings this year with the New York Yankees. His best season was in 2000, when he went 18-10 with a 3.27 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Last year, Park pitched in 45 games (seven starts) for the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA and notched 73 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings.
“Park’s stuff (this year) has been the same as we saw when he was successful in 2009,” GM Neal Huntington said. “Aside from ERA, which is not a good indicator for relievers, his numbers have been sound.”
Resop made just one appearance this year for the Atlanta Braves and allowed five runs on five hits in two innings (22.50 ERA). He went on the disabled list June 16 with a strained oblique, then made four rehab starts with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Resop also has pitched for the Florida Marlins (2005-06) and Los Angeles Angels (2007). He played in Japan in 2008-09.
»»» Less than 16 hours after being hit in the neck by a pitch, Andrew McCutchen was stiff and sore, but back in the lineup. In the first inning, McCutchen drove a 3-1 fastball from Johnny Cueto over the left field wall.
“I told everybody I was fine today,” McCutchen said. “It was a good way to start it off.”
It was McCutchen’s ninth homer of the season and the fifth time in his career he’d led off a game by going deep.
»»» Struggling with his slider, Pirates starter Jeff Karstens (2-7) worked five innings and gave up three runs on nine hits in today’s 9-4 loss against the Reds. He walked two and struck out two.
“If I had to summarize it, I’d say damage control,” Karstens said. “Every inning, they were putting pressure on me and getting guys on. I didn’t have my best control or management of the game today, but we were able to minimize (the damage).”
The Reds tied it in the second inning with a two-out hit. Ben Francisco led off with a double to left and went to third on Lance Nix’s sacrifice. Ramon Hernandez fouled out, so Karstens needed only to retire the No. 8 hitter to get out of the inning unscathed. But Paul Janish stroked a ground-ball single to left field, scoring Francisco.
In the fourth, consecutive singles by Jonny Gomes, Francisco and Nix loaded the bases with none out. Hernandez’s sacrifice fly scored Heisey and moved Francisco to third, but McCutchen threw out Nix, who tried to move up to second.
With one out in the fifth, Chris Heisey singled and Joey Votto walked. After Gomes singled to load the bases, Francisco’s grounder drove in Heisey to make it 3-1.