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Cumpton called up, then sent back to Triple-A

NEW YORK -- The Pirates on Sunday called up Brandon Cumpton, a right-handed pitcher, as their 26th player on the roster for the doubleheader against the Yankees. On Tuesday, Cumpton pitched six innings and allowed two runs in his start for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. His ERA for Indianapolis is 1.41.

He didn't appear in either game and was then sent back to Triple-A after the twin bill.

Earlier this season, Cumpton started two games for the Pirates. He allowed six runs in 12 2/3 innings.

"He's fresh and he's shown up well," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think we have seen a lot of velocity. The fastball velocity might be a mile or two faster."

Hurdle also said closer Jason Grilli would have his next simulated bullpen sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Grilli is recovering from a strained left oblique.

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