PITTSBURGH -- Three days after losing Paul Maholm to the disabled list, the Pirates' rotation is down another pitcher.
Kevin Correia is joining Maholm on the DL due to a left oblique strain. The club announced the roster move an hour before the start of the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers but did not clarify when the injury was sustained. Chris Leroux takes Correia's spot on the roster and gives the Pirates a much-needed extra arm in the bullpen for the twin bill.
Correia was scheduled to start next on Wednesday, and the Pirates have not yet said who will take the right-hander's spot. If the Pirates dip into Triple-A for a spot starter, Sean Gallagher and Aaron Thompson would be options.
In the long term, though, Correia's rotation spot will go to Brad Lincoln, who made a six-inning start in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader, a 9-2 Pirates win. Manager Clint Hurdle confirmed after the game that Lincoln is staying in the rotation.
Correia leads the Pirates' staff with 12 wins, but he has been much more ineffective since lowering his ERA to 3.40 with a June 1 win. His season ERA now sits at 4.79. In his most recent outing, Correia gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings. The loss came at home, where Correia is 2-8 with a 7.71 ERA this season.
Leroux had been on the disabled list with a left calf strain since July 28. He made six appearances for Indianapolis during a rehab stint there and most recently pitched on Friday. Leroux's last four outings have been multiple innings in length, meaning that he could step in as a long reliever for the Pirates.
In his six rehab outings, Leroux allowed three earned runs on 10 hits in 13 innings. He walked five and struck out 13.