Pirates bring back Evan Meek
Right-hander Evan Meek, the Pirates’ All-Star setup reliever in 2010, was recalled by the club from Indianapolis on Saturday.
Meek replaces Juan Cruz, who went on the disabled list with inflammation in the right shoulder. Cruz’s disablement is retroactive to July 18, the day after he issued two walks in a 2/3-inning outing in Denver.
Meek rejoins the Bucs two months after his most recent option to Triple-A, in mid-May. In two earlier stints with the Pirates this season, he allowed 13 hits and nine runs in 10 2/3 innings, an ERA of 7.59.
Beset by multiple injuries last season, the 29-year-old righty is trying to recapture the effectiveness that made him an All-Star two years ago, when he posted a 2.14 ERA in 70 appearances.
With the Indians, Meek went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 27 games and 36 2/3 innings. He also picked up one save.
After earning a job as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, Cruz was extremely effective as the Bucs’ primary setup reliever the first couple months of the season. He had struggled of late, however, posting a 4.32 ERA in his last 10 outings. In 37 games overall, the veteran right-hander has a 2.61 ERA, with 32 strikeouts in 31 innings.