By Jared Lankes
Wilfredo Boscan pitched three effective innings for the Pirates on Tuesday before getting shelled in the fourth. This has led to him getting sent back down to AAA to give the Pirates bullpen help. However, this has also led to the Pirates once again having a hole in the rotation. Juan Nicasio isn’t expected to be ready to start that day and neither will Gerrit Cole. Also, Boscan cannot return within 10 days barring a DL stint, which is unlikely to happen. This means the Pirates will need another spot starter for Sunday. But who will it be?
The first choice is Tyler Glasnow, but it is also the least likely one. There’s no way he comes in right now. He has been inconsistent and lacks a third pitch. Pirates won’t call him up until he’s ready. He pitched on Wednesday in Indianapolis anyway, which would put him on nowhere near enough rest to pitch Sunday.
The next option is Justin Masterson. He pitched in Boscan’s spot in Indy on Tuesday, so he’d be on regular rest. However, I feel like the Pirates are really trying to avoid using him right now. I think we can all easily figure out why that is. I don’t think he’s even ready yet anyways, and I think the Pirates know that too.
What may be the most likely option is Chad Kuhl. Though he’s been underwhelming in AAA lately, he seems like the perfect candidate to spot start. He could end up being Brandon Cumpton 2.0 in what his role for the team could be this year. He also pitched on Monday in Indy, so he’d be on an extra day of rest, but that’s little to no issue. He seems to be the most realistic option for the Pirates to go on Sunday night.