Pirates Activate, Option Nick Mears

Pirates right-hander Nick Mears has been activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A, per Kevin Gorman of Tribune-Review Sports (via Twitter). Mears recently completed a rehab assignment as part of his recovery from right elbow surgery. Now that Mears is back, the Pirates’ 40-man roster is full.

As part of his rehab, Mears made 18 appearances in Triple-A, pitching to a 6.89 ERA over 15 2/3 innings. Before the elbow injury, the 25-year-old right-hander made his debut with the Pirates in 2020 over four outings. He took on a more substantive role last season, making 30 appearances and pitching to a 5.01 ERA/5.66 FIP across 23 1/3 innings.

With an option remaining, the Pirates can easily keep Mears in Triple-A for now as he aims for more consistency on the hill. He will be a depth piece for the rest of the season, though with closer David Bednar hoping to return at some point, the bullpen already may be overcrowded.

Published at Sat, 20 Aug 2022 15:32:43 +0000