Sunday, August 12, 2012

Juan Cruz Activated

The Pirates announced today that they had activated reliever Juan Cruz from the 15 day disabled list and optioned rookie reliever Jared Hughes back down to Triple-A Indy. Cruz was put on the DL retroactive to July 18th with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

Cruz is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA so far this season in 37 appearances. He is in his 12th year in the bigs, and this season has been one of his best campaigns. He has a 9.3 K/9 and a 1.88 K/BB ratio. Hopefully he will provide some stability to a struggling Pirates bullpen.

Jared Hughes was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA and was sent down solely to make room for Cruz. He has been successful this season as a reliever. He had a 5.1 K/9 and a 1.78 K/BB ratio.