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Reliever Edgar Santana will be called up today, according to a Tweet from his agency. In 23 games at Triple-A Indianapolis, he went 1-1 with five saves, a 1.93 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He also averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
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Santana’s arrival should boost the work-weary bullpen, which had to pick up five innings last night. You know what else would help the pen? Better starting pitching performances. “There’s been some solid volume of work, but we seem to be in a lull right now,” manager Clint Hurdle said after last night’s game. “We’re taxing the bullpen with the short starts. Williams and Nova have given us distance. Even with Kuhl’s outing the other day, it was five innings and 90-something pitches. Cole’s had two fives and two fours-pluses. That part of it has been hard right now.”
>>> UPDATE 1:45 PM -- Tyler Glasnow today was demoted to Triple-A Indy. Over 12 starts, Glasnow went 2-6 with a 7.45 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. He issued a team-high 29 walks in 54 1/3 innings. “There’s been games when he’s been dominant and there’s been games when he’s been barreled,” Hurdle said. “It’s all part of the learning process.”
Glasnow’s departure opens a rotation spot for Jameson Taillon, who will be activated off the disabled list on Monday to pitch against the Rockies. That start will come exactly five weeks after Glasnow had surgery for testicular cancer.
Reliever Dovydas Neverauskas also was demoted to Indy. The Pirates are expected to call up Santana and A.J. Schugel. The club also will have to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Santana. Neither of those moves have yet been announced by the team.
Chad Kuhl’s next start will be pushed back to Wednesday. He originally was slated to start on Monday.
>>> UPDATE 2:15 PM – Santana and Schugel have officially been added to the team. RHP Pat Light was designated for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for Santana. It’s likely either Santana or Schugel will return to Indy on Monday when Taillon comes off DL.
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Marlins 12, Pirates 7: The less said, the better.
Notebook: Watson’s the closer. Maybe he’s not. Yes, he is. No, he’s not.
>>> Saturday: Marlins at Pirates, 4:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Marlins (27-33): Dee Gordon 4, Giancarlo Stanton 9, Christian Yelich 8, Marcell Ozuna 7, JT Realmuto 2, Derek Dietrich 5, Tyler Moore 3, JT Riddle 6, RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 3.59)
Pirates (26-35): Adam Frazier 7, Josh Harrison 4, Gregory Polanco 9, David Freese 5, Josh Bell 3, Andrew McCutchen 8, Elias Diaz 2, Jordy Mercer 6, RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.57)
Gamecast: In 13 games at PNC Park, OF Christian Yelich has hit .385 (20 for 52), with five homers and 10 RBI. His career average here is the fourth-highest among active visiting players (minimum 50 at-bats) behind Kris Bryant (.427), Chris Carter (.386) and Adrian Beltre (.386). … The Marlins went into Friday’s game with a .273 batting average on the road, the best mark in the NL and second-best in the majors behind the Astros (.291). … The Marlins have hit .342 this year with the bases loaded, the fourth-highest mark in MLB. … In one career start vs. the Pirates, Straily gave up three runs on four hits in 5.1 IP. … Trevor Williams’ lone outing vs. the Marlins was a relief appearance on April 30, 2017, in Miami. He allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning.
>>> Sunday: Marlins at Pirates, 1:35 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Marlins LHP Jeff Locke (0-1, 3.48) Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.04)
>>> Monday, Rockies at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (7-3, 3.34) Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.31)
>>> Tuesday, Rockies at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.37) Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (3-6, 4.83)
>>> Wednesday, Rockies at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Rockies: RHP German Marquez (4-3, 4.44) Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5, 5.63)
>>> Thursday: Off
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