Could Pirates add Reyes?
Is Jo-Jo Reyes about to yo-yo back to the Majors?
I don’t know — but I do know that the Pirates will need a longer-term placeholder in their rotation with Jeff Karstens’ latest setback, and that Reyes keeps lighting it up in Indianapolis.
Brad Lincoln will lead off the series in Baltimore on Tuesday — a spot logically targeted for Karstens before his most recent rehab outing, on Thursday in Pawtucket with the Indians, was curtailed by discomfort in the right groin area,
A subsequent MRI targeted the hip flexor as the source of the discomfort. That’s a better diagnosis — but Karstens is still being shut down long enough to leave his next two turns vacant.
Lincoln may be too valuable as a long reliever — 0.45 ERA in 13 games and 20 innings — to keep starting.
If looking for reinforcements, Clint Hurdle could do worse than Reyes, the 27-year-old lefty — heck, he’s the same age as Tony Watson — who has a 2.05 ERA for his first nine outing at Indy, with a fine 34-to-10 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in 44 innings.