Reliever Evan Meek today was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Juan Cruz, who’s on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Cruz has an opponents’ batting average of .287 and has allowed nearly half (17 of 37) of the first batters he’s faced to reach base. Cruz said his shoulder has been cranky since around the third week of June.
Meek went 3-2 with one save and a 2.27 ERA in 27 outings with Indy. “It feels great to be here and to be part of it again,” Meek said. “It’s good to be healthy again. I feel like I’m back to where I was in 2010.” Manager Clint Hurdle said Meek doesn’t have a specific role in the pen, other than to to help get the ball to Jason Grilli in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan in the ninth. Hudle also indicated Meek could make some two-inning outings.
»»» The Pirates are 8-2 in sellouts at PNC Park this season. Tonight will be sellout No. 11, six shy of last yea’s total.
»»» Baseball Prospectus analyst Kevin Goldstein is just as puzzled as we are about why OF Starling Marte is still an Indy Indian. Thursday, Go;ldstein wrote “one has to wonder if one of the reasons the Pirateas have kept him at Triple-A is to keep him putting up numbers, as opposed to risking having his aggressive approach exposed by big league pitching.” Goldstein surmised Marte has more value as a prospect to the other 29 clubs because “as a centerfielder, Marte is a star … in a corner outfield spot, Marte might look more like Juan Encarnacion. Position is everything, and Marte just doesn’t have an ideal fit” with the Pirates.
Game 93: Marlins @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET
Marlins (44-49): 1. Jose Reyes ss, 2. Emilio Bonifacio cf, 3. Carlos Lee 1b, 4. Logan Morrison lf, 5. Justin Ruggiano rf, 6. Greg Dobbs 3b, 7. Omar Infante 2b, 8. John Buck c, 9. Carlos Zambrano rhp (5-7, 4.22)
Pirates (52-40): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Casey McGehee 1b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Rod Barajas c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. A.J. Burnett rhp (10-3, 3.78)