Former Gaucho Vasquez Recalled by Pirates

June 26, 2009

Former UC Santa Barbara pitcher Virgil Vasquez has been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates to start tonight's game vs. the Kansas City Royals.

Courtesy of the Pirates' website: Vasquez has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and will be making his debut for the Pirates on Friday. Officially, Vasquez takes the rotation spot left vacant when Ian Snell was optioned to the Minors. After losing out on the battle for the rotation's fifth spot in Spring Training, Vasquez went to Indianapolis, where he went 5-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 14 appearances. Vasquez hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2007, when he made five appearances (three starts) for the Tigers.

And, from Pittsburgh sent down struggling starter Ian Snell on Thursday after his poor start two days earlier, and his replacement will make his Pirates debut in the opener. Virgil Vazquez (0-0, 0.00) has five games -- three starts -- of major-league experience with Detroit from 2007, and Pittsburgh claimed him off waivers from San Diego in January.

Vazquez was 5-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 14 starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, and he'll start Friday in place of Charlie Morton, who will be pushed to Sunday in Snell's spot.