Pittsburgh just lost some pitching depth, announcing that right-hander Brandon Cumpton underwent season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery.
Cumpton debuted with the Pirates in 2013 and threw 70 innings for them last season, posting a 4.89 ERA and 46/18 K/BB ratio split between the rotation and the bullpen as a 25-year-old.
He was competing for a long reliever gig this spring while serving as rotation insurance and will likely be out until early 2016.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.