INDIANAPOLIS – With the month of September upon us, six big league call-ups have some key members of the Indianapolis Indians headed to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pitchers Bobby LaFromboise, Radhames Liz and Rob Scahill, outfielders Jaff Decker and Travis Snider, and catcher Elias Diaz were promoted to Pittsburgh on Monday as the Pirates’ roster expands for the 2015 playoff push.
LaFromboise appeared in 54 games with the Indians and was one of the team’s best relievers, posting a record of 1-2 with a 2.98 ERA. The left-hander has been up with the Pirates twice this season and tossed a scoreless inning in his only game action on May 14 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Liz started the season in Pittsburgh as a reliever, giving up seven runs in 17 1/3 innings pitched, but had success starting in ten games with the Tribe. The righty had a .500 record at 4-4, but recorded a 1.67 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 54 innings. Liz is expected to help the Pirates in a long-relief role.
Scahill joined the Indians on Aug. 16 to begin a rehab assignment and makes his return to Pittsburgh after being activated from the disabled list. The right-hander pitched in six games out of the Indianapolis bullpen and surrendered three runs on seven hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings of work. Casey Sadler was recalled by the Pirates and placed on the major league disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Decker played with the Pirates for a few weeks in the second half of July, where he notched one hit in 13 at-bats and scored six runs, before being sent back to the Tribe on Aug. 3. The outfielder put up a .266 batting average and knocked in 26 runs in his 69 games played with the Indians.
Snider, who played for the Pirates from 2012-14, was signed to a minor league contract by Pittsburgh and sent to Indianapolis on Aug. 20 after the Baltimore Orioles designated him for assignment. The outfielder hit the ball well in his ten games with the Tribe, posting a .314 average with a home run and four RBIs.
Diaz was in contention to make the Pirates’ opening day roster, but settled for a good season with the Indians in Triple-A and a September call-up. The catcher made the International League’s midseason All-Star team and took part in the MLB Futures Game in Cincinnati in July, as well as recently being named to the IL’s postseason All-Star team. Diaz hit .271 with four homers and 47 RBIs in 93 games as Indianapolis’ backstop and will make his big league debut if he gets into a game with the Pirates.