By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that they have released pitcher Josh Lindblom, so that he can return to Korea, where he pitched at in 2015 and 2016.
In December of 2014, the Pirates had claimed Lindblom off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, but he was granted his release so that he could pitch in Korea. The 30-year-old right-hander returned to the States by signing a minor league deal with the Pirates this past offseason.
Lindblom was a long shot to make the Pirates out of Spring Training, and as expected, was sent to AAA Indianapolis. In early May, Jameson Taillon had been placed on the DL with testicular cancer, with Trevor Williams being inserted into the rotation. The Pirates called up Lindblom to take Williams’ spot in the bullpen. Things did not go well for Lindblom in Pittsburgh, as he posted a 7.84 ERA in four appearances. He pitched most of the time with Indianapolis, posting an ERA of 4.06 in 17 games, four of which were starts.