Pirates add Ryan Vogelsong to the rotation

October 01, 2015: Ryan Vogelsong (32) of the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA. (Photograph by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
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Ryan Vogelsong is going back to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team announced Friday afternoon.

The 38-year-old signed a one-year deal to return to the team where he pitched from 2001-2006, and is expected to pitch at the bottom of Pittsburgh’s rotation. Last season, he went 9-11 with a 4.50 ERA in 33 appearances with the San Francisco Giants, including 22 starts.

Vogelsong has had a roller-coaster career that included Tommy John surgery in 2001, causing him to miss most of two seasons, and a stint in Japan from 2007-2009. He spent 2010 in the minors, being released by both the Phillies and Angels, but made the Giants in 2011 and pitched well enough to make his first All-Star team.

He won World Series rings with the Giants in 2012 and 2014. He is expected to fill out a rotation that also contains Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Jeff Locke and newly acquired Jon Niese.


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