The Pirates activated starter Jameson Taillon and catcher Francisco Cervelli from the disabled list on Tuesday, the club announced. With corresponding roster moves, the Pirates optioned pitcher Chad Kuhl to Triple-A Indianapolis and designated catcher Erik Kratz for assignment.
Taillon, 24, was shut down in early July due to fatigue in his right shoulder. He made five starts, including his major league debut on June 8. Overall, he put up a 3.86 ERA with a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings. At the time of his promotion, Taillon was considered the Pirates’ fourth-best prospect and #49 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. The right-hander will start against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Cervelli, 30, suffered a broken left hand in June. He returns with a .257/.373/.293 triple-slash line with five extra-base hits (four doubles and a triple) and 21 RBI in 201 plate appearances. Among catchers with at least 200 PA, Cervelli’s .373 on-base percentage is second-best behind the Nationals’ Wilson Ramos (.380).
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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