The Pittsburgh Pirates made a series of roster moves Wednesday by promoting left-hander Cam Alldred, placing Roberto Perez on the 60-Day, and optioning Beau Sulser. They also gave an update for Jake Marisnick.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a flurry of roster moves Wednesday morning. The major one was placing Roberto Perez on the 60-day injured list. The next big move was promoting left-hander Cam Alldred from Triple-A. Finally, they optioned right-hander Beau Sulser to Indy. The Bucs also released more information on outfielder Jake Marisnick’s injury.
The Perez news comes as no surprise. Perez suffered a nasty hamstring injury during Saturday’s double-header against the Cincinnati Reds. While approaching second base on a Ben Gamel single, Perez collapsed and was carried off the field soon after. Perez’s injury is a massive blow to the Bucs. He was performing well at the plate with a 108 wRC+, making him the 8th best hitting backstop this season while also providing +3 defensive runs saved and +2.2 framing runs.
Perez isn’t the only player who will miss an extended period of time. Outfielder Jake Marisnick will need UCL reconstruction surgery, according to Jason Mackey. Although Marisnick had registered just a 17 wRC+ this season, his defense has been extremely valuable. He’s been one of baseball’s best defenders so far this season with +3 defensive runs saved, a +21.9 UZR/150, and +5 outs above average. Marisnick was the 4th best defender in baseball, according to OAA. Luckily for Marisnick, it’s only reconstruction surgery, so he won’t be out for the entire season unless there are setbacks.
Cam Alldred will now come up from Triple-A to provide some more left-handed pitching depth for the Pirates. Alldred has done well at Indy, posting a 1.53 ERA, 2.46 FIP, and .85 WHIP in 17.2 innings of work. While his 22.7% K-rate might not jump off the page, he’s made up for it with a 4.5% walk rate. He’s also yet to allow a home run and currently holds a 60.9% ground ball rate. He also has a sub-20% flyball and line drive rate. He’ll serve as the team’s third left-hander behind Dillon Peters and Anthony Banda.
To make room on the 26-man roster, the team will send Beau Sulser back to Triple-A. Sulser started his career off with 5.2 innings without allowing an earned run, but had 5 walks and just 6 strikeouts.
Sulser gave up 4 earned runs in 4 innings against the Dodgers during Tuesday’s 11-1 blowout. All of Sulser’s appearances have came in low-leverage situations and he mainly served as a starting pitcher to start the year at Triple-A.