Gallagher joins Bucs after trade with Padres

Gallagher joins Bucs after trade with Padres

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Sean Gallagher, whom the Pirates acquired in a trade with the Padres on Wednesday, arrived at Minute Maid Park in time to be available out of the bullpen for Thursday's finale. Gallagher took an early-morning flight from San Diego to Houston.

Gallagher's last appearance came on June 30, when he threw 41 pitches in a two-inning outing. The Pirates plan to use him in a middle-relief role initially. He will wear uniform No. 43.

A roster spot was opened for Gallagher on Wednesday night after the Pirates optioned starter Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A.