CINCINNATI -- The Pirates still have just one left-hander in the bullpen. Only now, that option is Joe Beimel, who finished up his short Minor League stint and joined the club in Cincinnati on Friday. Left-hander Garrett Olson was designated for assignment in order to make space for Beimel to be added to the 40-man roster.
Beimel, who dealt with arm soreness in Spring Training, gives Hurdle a veteran, late-inning option to turn to. He won't be used solely as a situational lefty, though the Pirates are going to be cautious of Beimel's workload early given his limited time on the mound this spring.
Beimel most recently made three scoreless appearances -- one with Class A Advanced Bradenton and the others in Triple-A -- in order to make up for the time he lost in March. His last two outings came on consecutive days.
"I got all my pitches working," said Beimel, who has made at least 71 appearances each of the past four seasons. "I think that was the big thing. I got the back-to-back games in there to show them I'm ready to go and show myself I'm ready to go. That's why I'm here."
The Pirates have 10 days to trade, release or outright Olson to the Minors if he clears waivers. The latter is the club's preference.
"He was working with us on something to give him more angle from the left side, which I think will really help him left on left," Hurdle said. "I'd prefer to have two [lefties], if they can be efficient. I think Garrett, with the proper work, can get to that point."
By parting ways with Olson, Pittsburgh was able to keep both Daniel McCutchen and Mike Crotta in the bullpen. With Jeff Karstens temporarily stepping into the rotation, McCutchen is needed as a long-relief option. Crotta, Hurdle said, earned the chance to prove himself at this level.
"In certain cases, you look big picture," Hurdle said. "Some guys, you're looking to develop now. Mike Crotta's got a chance of putting a foot down in our bullpen. We've given him some tough assignments and he's handled all but one."