Lindblom was reassigned to the Pirates' minor-league camp Tuesday, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports. Following a two-year stint in the Korean Baseball Organization, Lindblom returned stateside to compete for a spot in the Pittsburgh bullpen during spring training, but his bid ended up falling short after he was tagged for six runs (five earned) on 13 hits and two walks over 10.2 innings in Grapefruit League play. Lindblom is expected to open the campaign with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he'll build up arm strength in preparation for a potential starting role, if the Pirates are unsatisfied with their existing rotation depth entering the season.
Lindblom retired all six batters he faced Monday and has yet to allow a run in five Grapefruit League innings. He spent the last two years pitching in South Korea and is looking to find a niche in Pittsburgh's bullpen. The one-time Dodgers prospect is off to a fine start but his fate will likely come down to a numbers game. Most likely, Lindblom will begin 2017 at Triple-A with a potential mid-season callup on tap.
Lindblom agreed to a minor league contract with the Pirates on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. A former second-round draft pick, Lindblom spent the past two seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, compiling an even 23-23 record to go with a 4.33 ERA and a 7.7 K/9. The right-hander does have a sizable amount of major league experience as a starter and as a reliever, although his past statistics suggest that he's more likely to spend 2017 as an organizational depth piece.
The Pirates designated pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment Friday. Lindblom was claimed on waivers earlier in the week. He delivered a 5.79 ERA and 60:26 K:BB ratio in 84 innings with Triple-A Sacramento in 2014.
The Pirates claimed pitcher Josh Lindblom off waivers from the Athletics on Monday. Lindblom made just one start for the A's in 2014. He is 5-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 110 career appearances (six starts) between the Dodgers, Phillies, Rangers and Athletics.
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