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Pirates activate Jhan Marinez, place Josh Lindblom on DL

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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates have activated right-handed reliever Jhan Marinez and placed Josh Lindblom on the disabled list with a “sore left side.” They claimed Marinez off waivers from Milwaukee yesterday.

Lindblom conveniently developed his soreness after pitching two and one-third innings last night. He’s made four appearances with the Pirates, giving up 18 hits and nine earned runs in 10.1 IP. His malady may be more a question of option discomfort, as he has no options left and would have to be designated for assignment to be sent down. Why exactly that would be a concern, I’m not sure, as Texas hasn’t shown any interest in Lindblom in several years.

Marinez has also struggled this season and hasn’t ever been terribly impressive at the major league or minor league level. Unfortunately, the Pirates don’t have any relievers pitching well at Ind........, oh, wait . . . .