Pirates’ Kyle Crick, part of Andrew McCutchen trade, recalled
Two weeks into the season, the Pirates finally will get a chance to see what they got back for Andrew McCutchen.
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Crick, who came from the San Francisco Giants in January in a trade for McCutchen that also brought the Pirates minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 of international signing allocation, was recalled Friday from Class AAA Indiananapolis.
The Pirates also selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Richard Rodriguez from Indianapolis.
The moves changed the face of the Pirates’ bullpen after their 9-3 start to the season and before they open a three-game series Friday night in Miami against the Marlins. To make room for Crick and Rodriguez, left-handed pitcher Josh Smoker and righty Clay Holmes were sent to Indianapolis.
The demotion of Smoker leaves closer Felipe Vasquez as the team’s only lefty in the bullpen. Lefty Steven Brault could return to long relief when Joe Musgrove is reinstated from the disabled list.
Smoker, who pitched the past two seasons for the New York Mets, allowed opponents a .474 batting average, highest among Pirates pitchers. He gave up nine hits, four runs and two walks with no strikeouts in four innings.
Holmes made only one appearance, giving up two hits, one run and two walks in two innings.
In Indianapolis, Crick was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA, and Rodriguez made two scoreless appearances, striking out nine in five innings.