The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom on the 10-day disabled list and have activated fellow right-handed reliever Jhan Marinez, according to the Pirates’ official Twitter account.
Lindblom is dealing with left-side discomfort.
The 29-year-old has made four appearances out of the Pirates’ bullpen this season and has struggled mightily. Over 10.1 innings of work, Lindblom as registered a 7.84 ERA while allowing 18 hits. Oddly enough, he owns a 1.97 FIP, indicating he may be suffering from bad luck.
Lindblom has been an effective reliever in the past.
Lindblom, who played his college baseball at Purdue University and the University of Tennessee, was originally selected by the Houston Astros in the third round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft. After failing to sign, he was eventually drafted again, this time by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round in 2008.
In 2011, his first season in the big leagues, Lindblom pitched to the tune of a 2.73 ERA in 29.2 relief innings for the Dodgers. The following season, he split time between Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Phillies and posted a 3.55 ERA across 71 frames.
Since then, though, it has been a struggle for the righty.
Pittsburgh claimed Marinez off of waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
The 28-year-old had made 15 appearances out of the Brewers’ bullpen this season, tallying a 5.40 ERA in 16.2 innings. He allowed 23 hits and 11 walks, good for an alarming WHIP of 2.040.
The struggling Pirates are currently 18-24 and sit in last place in the National League Central Division. They are 6.5 games behind Milwaukee for first place.