RSS Feeds

Pirates call up reliever Duke Welker

Thursday - 6/20/2013, 1:22pm  ET

Pittsburgh Pirates' Alex Presley (7) scores on a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 6-3. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates made a move to replenish their worn-out bullpen for the final game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, calling up right-hander Duke Welker from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Indianapolis to open a roster spot.

Pittsburgh's bullpen was depleted by the last two games. Manager Clint Hurdle used three relievers after Charlie Morton went 5 1-3 innings in a 4-0 victory on Tuesday. Hurdle had to use four relievers in a 2-1, 13-inning loss to the Reds on Wednesday night.

Welker was 3-1 with three saves and a 2.78 ERA in 25 games at Indianapolis.

Presley was called up for the second time on June 8. He batted .293 in 17 games overall with two solo homers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.