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Pirates promote Wilfredo Boscan, option Cory Luebke

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates have announced that they've selected the contract of Wilfredo Boscan and optioned Cory Luebke to Indianapolis. They've also reinstated Starling Marte from the paternity list and optioned Alen Hanson back to Indianapolis, as expected. They also moved Elias Diaz to the 60-day DL to clear roster space for Boscan.

Right after I got done writing Boscan wasn't much of a candidate to improve the Pirates' bullpen, here he is. Luebke was terrible the other night while making his first appearance with the Bucs since April, and it isn't a huge shock to see he'll be gone, but I'm still not sure Boscan is much of a solution -- he has good control and has done a nice job the past two seasons at Indianapolis, but he's never been much of a strikeout pitcher, or more generally shown he's more than a depth guy. Maybe his stuff will play up in relief, which I assume is where the Pirates will use him. It's perhaps worth noting, though, that Luebke's stats at Triple-A were significantly more interesting than Boscan's, even if Luebke was pitching in relief for Indianapolis while Boscan was starting.

Say this for Boscan, though: He's due. The Pirates promoted him three times last season but never used him, and he's still never appeared in the big leagues. This time, he'll probably actually get to pitch.