Pirates recall Neverauskas to boost bullpen

Anderson optioned to Triple-A following rocky MLB debut

July 3rd, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- The Pirates recalled right-hander from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, adding a fresh arm to their worn-down bullpen.
To make room for Neverauskas, the Pirates optioned right-hander Tanner Anderson to Triple-A a day after his big league debut. Anderson allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks over two innings in the Pirates' 17-1 loss to the Dodgers on Monday night.
Neverauskas last pitched for Indianapolis on Saturday, so he was available when the Pirates needed him during Tuesday's 8-3 loss at Dodger Stadium. Neverauskas allowed a home run to on his first pitch of the night but recovered to strike out five without allowing another run in two innings.
Over their last eight games, the Pirates' rotation has delivered only one start longer than six innings with only four starters completing the fifth inning. Their depth was further compromised on Tuesday, when right-hander was informed he would be coming out of the bullpen to start Wednesday in place of the injured Joe Musgrove.
"We've been a little bit short on the front end of things, which has provided some complications on the bullpen," manager Clint Hurdle said.
This is Neverauskas' third stint with the Pirates this season. He made the Opening Day roster, struggled until he was sent down to Triple-A in mid-April, returned to make four appearances last month, then went back to Indianapolis.

Neverauskas, 25, owns a 10.64 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 11 big league appearances this season. He has pitched well at Triple-A, posting a 1.61 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 28 innings over 21 appearances. How can he translate his Triple-A success to the Majors on a consistent basis?
"It's pitch execution here. It's the consistency of your pitch execution here, because you're dealing with a different classification of hitter," Hurdle said. "He's said it every time he's gone out. It's the execution of his pitches, and the lack of execution of his pitches is what's gotten him into trouble."
Anderson joined the Pirates last Wednesday, when they placed on the disabled list. Anderson did not pitch until Monday, and the Bucs asked him to pick up two innings in his debut following 's short start.

"It's a rough result for a kid that's pitched very well. We needed him to hang in there and give us the length that he gave us," Hurdle said after Monday's game. "I told him we were appreciative of that, and there will be a day that he'll be able to look back at this and find a smile in here somewhere, because it's a Major League appearance and he's worked hard to get here."
Around the horn
• The Pirates on Tuesday signed right-hander Michael Burrows, their 11th-round Draft pick, and assigned him to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates. Burrows is a 6-foot-2, 183-pound righty who went 6-0 with a 0.38 ERA, 98 strikeouts and eight walks in 44 innings as a senior at Waterford (Conn.) High School.
The Pirates have signed 32 of their 41 Draft picks. The signing deadline is Friday.
• The Pirates promoted right-handed reliever Montana DuRapau from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis. DuRapau, 26, advanced to Triple-A last season, then received a 50-game suspension in January following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He recorded a 2.89 ERA in eight appearances for Altoona.
• Rodriguez (right quad strain) went 2-for-4 with a double as he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday night. Rodriguez was back in Indianapolis' lineup on Tuesday, batting second and playing right field.