Crick allowed one hit and two walks in a scoreless eighth inning of a 2-1 win over San Diego on Friday. He also struck out one batter en route to securing his 11th hold. The righty has given up only 15 hits in 26 innings but has walked 19 batters. Crick's WHIP has jumped from 1.13 in 2018 to 1.34 this year due to a 17 percent walk rate. His 2.77 ERA is similar to last year's 2.39, even after he's allowed earned runs in three of his last six outings. He remains the closer handcuff to Felipe Vazquez, though Crick has been credited with four blown saves without recording a save. Crick's stuff is so electric that he enjoys a higher margin for error than do other relievers, but a lower walk rate would help improve his odds as a setup man or closer.
Crick allowed two hits in a scoreless inning against the Rockies on Thursday. He struck out one batter. The reliever has registered a hold in six straight appearances and in nine of 10 May outings. Crick, who lowered his ERA to 2.35 in 15.1 innings Thursday, has compiled 16 shutout outings in 17 appearances in 2019. He's probably the best handcuff to closer Felipe Vazquez, given Keone Kela's current IL stint and inconsistencies when active.
The Pirates activated Crick (triceps) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Pittsburgh optioned infielder Kevin Kramer to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear room for Crick on the active roster after the reliever received the green light to return following a successful bullpen session over the weekend. Crick had been penciled in for a key setup role with Pittsburgh prior to getting hurt and could reclaim a prominent gig immediately with both Keone Kela and Richard Rodriguez enduring bumpy starts to the campaign.
Crick (triceps) was throwing in the bullpen prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Crick is already eligible to return from the 10-day injured list and will likely be activated Tuesday if his bullpen session goes according to plan. The 26-year-old tossed two scoreless innings over his two appearances before landing on the IL with right triceps soreness.
Crick (triceps) played catch from flat ground Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Everything went off without a hitch for the southpaw, who has been on the shelf for less than a week with right triceps tightness. Crick remains confident his stay on the injured list will be a brief one.