Holmes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
The 25-year-old righty made his major-league debut April 6, allowing a run and striking out two in a pair of innings. Holmes largely worked as a starter in the minors, so he'll likely stretch out upon his return to Indianapolis. To fill his spot on the roster, Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez will head to the big-league bullpen.
Holmes made his major-league debut Friday, allowing one earned run in two innings against Cincinnati. He gave up two hits and two walks while striking out a pair.
The righty's fastball averaged 92.4 mph on a cold and wet night at PNC Park. Holmes pitched in the ninth inning with a 12-run lead but threw just 22 of 43 pitches for strikes. The rookie figures to head back to Triple-A when Joe Musgrove (shoulder) comes off the DL, but he could become a middle-relief option with better command.
Holmes was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
It's been a busy 24 hours for Holmes. The 25-year-old was sent back to the minors after serving as the Pirates' 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader, only to be recalled shortly thereafter once Joe Musgrove (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list. Holmes went unused in both halves of Sunday's twin bill, but he could be available in long relief for the next few days. Reliever Steven Brault looks like the leading candidate to enter the starting ranks Thursday against the Reds with Musgrove unavailable to pitch.
Holmes was called up Monday to replace Joe Musgrove, who went to the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Holmes joined the Pirates as the 26th man for their Sunday doubleheader against the Tigers but did not get the opportunity to make his major-league debut. Musgrove's stay on the DL could be short, but Holmes should at least receive his first major-league action at some point in the next week. The 25-year-old is a potential future back-end starter who posted a 3.36 ERA in 112.2 innings for Triple-A Indianapolis last season, though his stay on the roster is likely to be short, barring further injuries, which limits his fantasy relevance. Holmes could receive Musgrove's scheduled start on April 5, though it's more likely that the opportunity goes to Steven Brault or possibly Tyler Glasnow.
Holmes was recalled from Indianapolis to offer the Pirates some length out of the bullpen for the team's doubleheader Sunday against the Tigers, but he ended up going unused in both halves of the twin bill. He'll now resume preparation for a starting role with Indianapolis this season after going 10-5 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 112.2 innings with the Triple-A club in 2017.
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