By Jason Shetler
After last night’s game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced that Tyler Glasnow is going to start Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies, which will mark his PNC Park debut. Meanwhile, A.J. Schugel has been optioned to AAA Indianapolis, this according to Alan Saunders of Pirates Prospects.
Glasnow made his big league debut versus the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium back on July 7th. The Bucs top prospect allowed four runs in 5.1 innings, although he pitched better than the actual line score. Glasnow was optioned to Indianapolis two weeks ago when Josh Bell received his call up. In 18 starts this year for the Indians, he’s put up a 1.94 ERA, a 10.8 K/9 and a .172 batting average against.
Schugel began this season pitching in the Indianapolis bullpen. The 27-year-old righty was called up to Pittsburgh in mid-April to serve initially as an extra reliever. In 33 appearances out of the Pirates bullpen, Schugel has posted an ERA of 3.94 along with a 3.39 Fielding Independent Pitching. The decision to send down Schugel is certainly questionable, as Jared Hughes has options remaining, and has been mediocre for much of this season.