The Pittsburgh Pirates will be without their swingman for a little while as Ryan Vogelsong has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. After getting struck by a pitch in the face, Vogelsong has facial fractures and will miss some time.
During Monday's contest against the Colorado Rockies, Jordan Lyles, the opposing pitcher, had Vogelsong in an 0-2 count. The next pitch seemed to get away from Lyles as it went way up-and-in and appeared to hit Vogelsong right near his left eye, just under the visor of his helmet. Tony Wolters, the Rockies' catcher, appeared to be calling for a pitch at the top of the zone and inside but still in the strike zone.
To fill the spot, the Pirates have called up right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 26-year old has already appeared in 11 games for the Pirates this season, pitching 16.1 innings and allowing nine earned runs. He has given up 18 hits, four walks, two home runs, and struck out 17.
Vogelsong was making just his second start of the season for the Pirates. The 38-year old's last start was on April 13th against the Detroit Tigers in which he gave up one earned run on four hits and no walks over five innings of work.
After signing a $2 million deal with the Pirates this past offseason, Vogelsong appeared to be a great depth addition to a rotation with some question marks beyond Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano. The Pirates' rotation is sixth-worst by FIP so far this season with Jon Niese making regular starts. At 24-19, the Pirates will look to stay competitive without some pitching depth.