Pirates reinstate Nicasio, put him in bullpen; Frazier up
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio was reinstated from the restricted list and moved to the bullpen as Pittsburgh made a number of roster moves prior to Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Pirates also selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to the same club and designated right-hander Jorge Rondon and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment.
Nicasio is 5-6 with a 5.83 ERA in 13 games, including 12 starts. He left the team Sunday to attend to a family matter in his home in the Dominican Republic.
''We have a need in the bullpen and we feel Juan can fill it, whether it's pitching multiple innings earlier innings or helping out at the back end,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We feel this is right move for what we need right now.''
Nicasio's spot in the rotation comes up Sunday night, but Hurdle said he wasn't ready to announce who would start against the Dodgers.
Frazier's .333 batting average and 87 hits were leading the International League. This marks the 24-year-old's first time in the major leagues.