Neverauskas surrendered five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk across one inning in the Pirates' 8-5 loss to the Orioles in Grapefruit League play. "Right now [Neverauskas is] not repeating his delivery," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after the game. "The command isn't where it needs to be to be effective. The fastball command to set up the slider to set up the split or changeup, whichever one he chooses to throw. But he's been behind in counts, and pitches have been elevated."
Neverauskas has been lit up for six runs in six innings this spring, which seems to have damaged his chances of breaking camp with the big club. If Neverauskas is able to right the ship in his subsequent outings and convince the Pirates to keep him in the majors to begin the season, it's still likely that he'll be limited to low-leverage work.
Neverauskas was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.
The Pirates needed five innings from their bullpen in Sunday's win over the Reds, so Neverauskas was summoned back to the big club to provide a fresh bullpen arm. He owns a respectable 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings this season and should settle back into a middle-relief role. Adam Frazier (hamstring) was sent to the DL in a corresponding move.
Neverauskas was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
The Pirates will make substantial changes to the bullpen Tuesday, adding Steven Brault, Johnny Barbato and Edgar Santana from Indianapolis while demoting Neverauskas and moving George Kontos (groin) and Joaquin Benoit (knee) to the 10-day disabled list. Neverauskas has turned in a respectable 3.09 ERA across four stints with the big club this season, but since he had been used three consecutive days, it was unlikely that he'd be available for the Pirates' next couple of contests. He's a strong candidate to rejoin the Pirates in September, if not sooner.
Neverauskas was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The Pirates wanted to add a fresh relief arm to the bullpen after Steven Brault logged four innings in relief Friday. Neverauskas has not pitched since Wednesday and is expected to be available as a long man, at least in the short term. He has a 2.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 48.2 innings with Indianapolis this season. Brault was optioned in a corresponding move.
Neverauskas was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Neverauskas was sent back to the minors to clear room for George Kontos, who was recently claimed off waivers from the Giants. The 24-year-old compiled a 3.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in nine innings for the big club, so he'll be an option to return later in the year if bullpen help is needed.
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