Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced earlier today that rookies Chad Kuhl and Jameson Taillon will have their next starts jumped over.
Replacing the two will be Drew Hutchison, set to start Saturday in place of Kuhl, and Gerrit Cole, who is making his MLB return in Taillon’s rotation turn Monday.
“It’s basically the innings,” Hurdle revealed to the media today, something nobody should be surprised to hear.
As mentioned before his start yesterday, 150 innings have never been eclipsed by Taillon who already has 149 1/2 innings pitched between Triple-A and MLB — same goes for Kuhl. In 2014, pitching for High-A Bradenton, Kuhl logged 153 1/3 innings. He’s delivered 134 1/3 this season.
So shutting down the two makes sense on all fronts for future seasons, especially based on recent results.
Kuhl, in his worst big league start, gave up four hits, four walks and three runs in a two-inning appearance versus the Brewers. Likewise, Taillon was uncommonly inefficient yesterday, throwing 95 pitches over five innings.
Hutchison, acquired via trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, will make his Pirates debut on Saturday. Since coming over from Toronto he’s been wishy-washy, to say the least. One minute he’d be efficiently rolling along and throwing strikes, the next minute balls would rapidly be fired from his right arm. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.
Cole is hoping to regain his form of old, though 2016 hasn’t been noteworthy for the 25-year-old.
In 2016, Cole has a career-low 19.3 strikeout rate and career-high 1.39 WHIP with a 3.55 ERA over 114 innings. He’ll have square off against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Both Kuhl and Taillon should rejoin the rotation before season’s end.