RHP Chris Bootcheck also joining Bucs; Veal to DL
As it turns out, the Pirates will be getting two fresh arms for their bullpen on Friday. The Pirates had already announced that right-hander Jose Ascanio is taking the place of Steven Jackson on the team’s 25-man roster. Now, righty Chris Bootcheck is also on his way up.
Bootcheck will take the roster spot currently belonging to lefty Donnie Veal, who is being put on the disabled list with a sprained left index finger. This will be Veal’s second time on the disabled list this summer.
Bootcheck has to be added to the Pirates’ 40-man roster, but that won’t be an issue. There are currently only 39 players on that roster.
Bootcheck has been Triple-A Indianapolis’ most reliable arm all year. Named an International League All-Star, Bootcheck has made 40 relief appearances in Triple-A this year while posting a 3.38 ERA and recording 20 saves.
He made his Major-League debut in 2003 and has pitched part of five seasons in five seasons in the big leagues with the Angels. Combined, Bootcheck is 3-7 with a 6.04 ERA in 77 Major League appearances (three starts).
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