According to Jerry Crasnick, the Pirates have called up 28-year-old righty Ryan Reid.
Reid, who was signed as a minor league free agent this offseason, has thrived at AAA Indianapolis, posting a 0.52 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 8.0 K/9 in 34 2/3 innings this year.
Since Reid is not on the Pirates’ 40-man roster, a corresponding transaction is imminent. The clear choice is to designate Mike Zagurski for assignment and hope they can stash him in AAA as LOOGY depth. Given that the team already has Justin Wilson and Tony Watson as viable southpaw options, Zagurski is expendable.
This promotion comes on the heels of a 10-inning outing by the Pirates’ bullpen on Sunday and is reasonable considering the upcoming stretch of 19 games in 21 games against quality opponents like Atlanta, San Francisco, Cincinnati and both L.A. teams.
Another possibility for the timing of this move could be that Jeanmar Gomez is seriously hurt after leaving Sunday’s game with forearm tightness. (Such an injury usually precedes elbow or shoulder problems, so it’s best to play it safe.) If the injury is severe, Gomez could be placed on the 60-day DL, which would open a spot for Reid on the 40-man.
Reid has not yet appeared in a major league game and last pitched in Durham, the Rays’ AAA affiliate. He has the ability to spot start if needed — doing so three times in 2012 and 20 times in his minor league career — which surely is just as critical as his performance is in the decision to bring him to Pittsburgh.
My speculation is that Gomez will land on the DL and that Zagurski will be at least demoted. Whether Gomez is shelved for a minimum of 60 days or 15 days will determine if Zagurski is DFA’d or not.