The Pirates are planning to select left-hander Cam Vieaux onto the major league roster, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Twitter link). Outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba is headed to the 60-day injured list after suffering a fracture in his right wrist.
Vieaux was the Bucs’ sixth-round pick back in 2016. The Michigan State product has spent six-plus seasons climbing the minor league ladder and is now in line for his major league debut. The 6’3″ southpaw worked exclusively as a starting pitcher up through 2020, but he split his time a bit more evenly between the rotation and the bullpen last year. Vieaux has pitched in relief this season, tossing 27 2/3 innings over 18 outings with Triple-A Indianapolis. He has an excellent 2.28 ERA, although he’s posted fairly pedestrian strikeout, walk and ground-ball numbers.
Smith-Njigba was just called to make his own big league debut on Monday. He appeared in three games and collected his first hit, a double. Unfortunately, he’ll be shelved for at least the next two months while he recovers from the wrist issue. He’ll collect major league pay and service time for any time spent on the IL.
dang, not Canann
Tom the ray fan
This team will call up anyone but oneil cruz WTF
Sources have said he’s coming up this homestand. Hope they are right.
Hopefully. I’m going tonight and Sunday. I wonder if they didn’t call him up tonight because of lefty Rodon. Bae needs to get the call as well.
Is there any other major league team that calls this many minor leaguers up during the regular season?
The owner doesn’t spend on major league talent like the other teams do. Having said that, i’m kind of excited to see the young guys play.
We need a decent lefty, though I was hoping it was Cam Alldred.
We are leading the league in lefty relievers named Cam, so there’s that.
Well at least better to make $250,000 in majors on IL rather than $5000 in minors.
Guy with wierd name we hardly knew ya RIP 2022 season
WHERE IS CRUZ?!?
Bad break for Smith-Njigba here, especially since it looked like he would get more of an opportunity than Swaggerty did.
Now that we have Vieaux up, who do we send down to call up Cruz? I’m thinking Banda, maybe DFA him to open a spot on the roster for Bae (maybe send Castillo to AAA to work out the slump he’s in).
Look above in the thread regarding WHERE IS CRUZ
Saving him to batter the atrocious Cubs pitching next week, hopefully.
The same question for every other Pirates transaction.