Chris Archer was in obvious discomfort Tuesday night as he attempted to warm up for the second inning, but it was not so obvious for Clay Holmes who replaced Archer and proceed to allow just one hit in the next three and two thirds innings.
As announced during the game, Archer was having problems with his right shoulder. Later it was learned that Holmes was suffering was left quadriceps discomfort.
In their place, the Pirates recalled right-handed pitchers Dario Agrazal and Parker Markel from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Agrazal, joining Pittsburgh for the fourth time this year, has made eight previous major league starts, with a 2-3 record and 4.29 ERA. He started the year with Double-A Altoona, where he had a 3.60 ERA in four starts, and has since made twelve starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, for a 4.78 ERA.
Agrazal last pitched for the Pirates on August 5 against the Brewers, taking the loss as he allowed five runs in five innings. In his last five appearances, three with the Pirates and two with Indianapolis, Agrazal is 0-4 with a 8.22 ERA, giving up eight home runs among 32 hits in 23 innings.
This is also Markel’s fourth promotion to the majors this year, the first two as a member of the Mariners. His overall minor league record in 2019 has him with a 1.74 ERA in 31 games, striking out 75 batters while walking 26 in 40 innings.