Posted on: June 9, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 2:28 pm
There is going to be another big pitching debut at Nationals Park tonight, this time with the spotlight on the visitors.
The day after Stephen Strasburg's much-hyped first start, the Pirates called up former first round pick Brad Lincoln and plan to start him against the Nationals tonight. The right-hander (who bats lefty) was the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft out of the University of Houston.
Lincoln, 25, was 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis, and his promotion was just a matter of time. His turn in the rotation in Indianapolis was supposed to be Tuesday, and for a while it looked like he would be pitted against Strasburg, but the Pirates elected to avoid a situation in which their prospect would have been an afterthought. (The Pirates, of course, deny that was the reason, but who could blame them?)
The Pirates' rotation can certainly use a boost -- Pittsburgh's starters have a collective 5.77 ERA, worst in the majors by more than half a run.
The Pirates are also expected to promote outfielder Jose Tabata. They cleared two roster spots after Tuesday night's game by optioning first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A and designating reliever Jack Taschner for assignment.
-- David Andriesen
UPDATE: Tabata promotion now official
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Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
After watching rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg beat them, the Pirates made way for their own top pitching prospect, Brad Lincoln. After Tuesday's game against the Nationals, the Pirates optioned first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A Indianapolis and reliever Jack Taschner was designated for assignment.
With the two roster spots, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempful speculates the Pirates could bring up another one of their top prospects, outfielder Jose Tabata. Tabata is hitting .309 with eight home runs and 18 RBI and 23 stolen bases for Indianapolis.
Lincoln was the No. 4 pick in the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston. Lincoln had Tommy John surgery in 2007. This season, he's gone 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 11 starts for Indianapolis.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans