PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Mike Zagurski, whose comeback hopes with the Pirates dead-ended in a series of ineffective outings, was designated for assignment on Saturday, clearing roster space for Brandon Cumpton.
Zagurski, 30, impressed in Spring Training camp as a non-roster invitee and gave further encouragement upon starting the season in Triple-A. In 19 appearances with Indianapolis, he fashioned a 2.14 ERA with 37 strikeouts and nine walks in 21 innings.
However, following his late May recall, things quickly fell apart for him after a scoreless inning in his first outing on May 27 in Detroit.
In six appearances and six innings with the Pirates, Zagurski allowed 10 hits and 10 earned runs, walking nearly as many (eight) as he had in two months with the Indians.
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