Michael Feliz, the promising right-handed reliever acquired as part of the Gerrit Cole trade, was sent to Triple-A Friday following another rough outing.
Feliz, the first reliever to audition for the setup role following George Kontos' demotion in May, is averaging four walks per nine innings and has allowed 19 earned runs over his past 20 2/3 innings. He was tagged for two runs in two innings Thursday night, when the Pirates' bullpen was taxed following Nick Kingham's three-inning start.
In need of a fresh arm, they recalled Alex McRae, a 25-year-old right-handed starter, from Triple-A Indianapolis. McRae had a 4.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 20 appearances, 18 of which were starts, for the Indians, and he did not pitch in his previous stint with the Pirates last month.