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Pittsburgh Pirates reinstate Duane Underwood Jr. from IL

Apr 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. (56) gestures on the field before playing the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. (56) gestures on the field before playing the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates reinstated pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. from the injured list on Sunday and optioned fellow right-hander Nick Mears to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Underwood, who turns 27 on Tuesday, was placed on the IL on July 9 with soreness in his side. He is 2-2 with a 4.86 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 29 relief appearances this season.

A second-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2012, Underwood is 3-3 with a 5.00 ERA in 59 career games with the Cubs (2018-20) and Pirates.

Mears, 24, has not appeared in a game with the Pirates this season. He made his MLB debut in 2020 and compiled a 5.40 ERA with seven strikeouts and seven walks over four appearances (five innings).

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–Field Level Media