Clay Holmes has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to add reinforcement to the Pirates’ battered pitching staff.
The right-hander will join the team on Thursday night in St. Louis before the opener of a four-game series with the Cardinals that begins an 11-game road trip. Also coming up from Indianapolis is right-handed reliever Montana DuRupau, as was reported Wednesday night.
Left-hander Tyler Lyons was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster for Holmes and the 40-man roster for DuRupau.
The 26-year-old Holmes is 2-1 with a 6.32 and 2,04 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Indy while striking out 13 in 15 2/3 innings. He made his major-league debut with the Pirates last season, going 1-3 with a 6.84 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 11 games, including four starts.
The Pirates were forced to use relievers Steven Brault and Nick Kingham as starters this week against the Rangers because of injuries to Chris Archer and Jameson Taillon. That has left the team thin in the bullpen, as evidenced Wednesday when recent call-ups MichaelFeliz and Lyons were unable to protect a 6-2 eighth-inning lead, losing to the Rangers 9-6 at PNC Park.
In three games with the Pirates, Lyons was 1-1 with an 11.25 ERA and 2.25 WHIP.