Here’s something you don’t see very often. After throwing 24 pitches over two innings of shutout relief in yesterday’s 19-inning marathon against the Cardinals, Kevin Correia will make the start tonight against the Padres.
Correia was originally scheduled to return to the bullpen this week, but plans changed after Monday’s scheduled starter Wandy Rodriguez notched the win yesterday by throwing 32 pitches over two shutout frames. According to Paul Casella of MLB.com, Correia will be the first Pirate since Pascual Perez in 1981 to pitch in relief one day and then start the next day.
The Pirates recalled right-hander Kyle McPherson and left-hander Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis this afternoon to provide some insurance to their taxed bullpen. Correia only figures to pitch a few innings, so either or both could make their major league debuts tonight.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.