Meek back on DL with shoulder tendinitis

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

For the second time this season, right-hander Evan Meek has been placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. The Pirates made the move on Friday and will fill the open bullpen spot with right-handed reliever Tim Wood, who had his contract purchased by the club.

Room to place Wood on the 40-man roster was made by transferring catcher Chris Snyder to the 60-day disabled list. The Pirates have not estimated how long Snyder, who was scheduled for back surgery on Friday, will be sidelined, though he is now not eligible to return until mid-August, at the earliest.

Meek has been battling issues with his arm since the start of the season. Right calf tightness kept him from getting the number of innings he needed to build his arm up during Spring Training, and he was then bugged by a virus for most of the month of April.

Meek went on the DL late in April and made six appearances after coming off. In 6 1/3 innings, Meek allowed 10 hits and two runs.

Wood, who signed a Minor League deal with the Pirates after Washington released him at the end of Spring Training, has made 44 relief appearances at the Major League level. Those came in 2009 and 2010, when Wood was up with the Marlins. He combined to post a 4.32 ERA in 50 innings.

The righty has been pitching for Triple-A Indianapolis, where he has served as the club’s primary closer. Wood has saved 13 games and posted a 2.96 ERA. He has not allowed a home run in 23 appearances. In his last 22 innings, Wood has allowed just four earned runs.

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