By Jason Shetler
With rosters expanding this week, here are the Pirates likely September call up options.
Bobby LaFromboise: The Pirates will almost certainly add another left-handed arm in their bullpen, and it’ll likely be Bobby LaFromboise since he’s already on the 40-man roster.
Corey Hart: Recovering from a left shoulder issue, Corey Hart should finish his rehab assignment with AAA Indianapolis, and be activated from the disabled list to rejoin the Pirates. Unlike earlier in the season when he was put in a first base platoon with Pedro Alvarez, Hart will likely receive mostly pinch-hit at-bats.
Jaff Decker: The Pirates called up Jaff Decker in July to serve as a fourth outfielder. Decker’s playing time came mostly as a pinch-hitter, showing a terrific ability to draw walks, which would make him a viable option for that role.
Pedro Florimon: Before getting designated for assignment by the Pirates a couple weeks back, Pedro Florimon had a memorable game-winning hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 15 inning thriller. With Florimon’s good speed, he’ll probably be used just as a pinch-runner, which would be the same way the Pirates did with Chase d’Arnaud last September.
Radhames Liz: Radhames Liz began the season in the Pirates bullpen, but was designated for assignment in May. The hard-throwing right-hander cleared waivers, and has done solid work in the Indianapolis rotation. Liz can provide the Pirates with another long relief option.
Rob Scahill: Probably the most surprising decision for the Pirates was putting Rob Scahill on the Opening Day roster. He was pitching really well before going on the DL in late June with forearm tightness. Scahill is currently rehabbing with Indianapolis, and should be activated once call ups are made.
Travis Snider: After being released by the Baltimore Orioles a couple weeks ago, the Pirates brought back Travis Snider on a minor league deal. Last season, Snider hit well against both righties and lefties, so if he’s able to do the same in a pinch-hitting role, he could become a nice option off the bench regardless of matchups.
Vance Worley: Vance Worley began the season in the rotation. When Charlie Morton returned off the disabled list, the Pirates sent Worley to the bullpen. He was designated for assignment after Joe Blanton was acquired from the Kansas City Royals. Worley will be called back up where the Pirates could place him in the rotation or in the bullpen as a multiple inning arm.