The Pirates have placed utility man Adam Frazier on the ten-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. They replaced him on the active roster with right-handed reliever Dovydas Neverauskas.
Despite his struggles on defense, Frazier’s loss is yet another blow to the team’s anemic offense, which ranks near the bottom of MLB in nearly everything. Frazier is batting 306/370/449, making him second on the team in OPS, unless you count Chris Stewart’s 11 plate appearances. The move also leaves the team with a short bench, something it seems to play with at every opportunity. Of course, production off the bench has been so horrific so far this year, apart from Frazier, that you could argue that it makes no difference.
On the plus side, if/when he appears in a game, Neverauskas will be the first native of Lithuania to play in the majors. He’s been pitching well in AAA, allowing no runs, four hits and three walks in eight and a third innings, with seven strikeouts. With Antonio Bastardo off-limits in any game that’s still in doubt, and Trevor Williams slotted for long relief, the Pirates could probably use another option in short relief. Of course, they could just rid themselves of Bastardo, but that’s another issue.