MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander Yohan Ramirez from the Cleveland Guardians for cash and reinstated infielder Kevin Newman from the 60-day injured list on Friday.
The Pirates offered Ramirez to Triple-A Indianapolis and had Newman in the starting lineup and seventh at bat for their game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Newman had not played since April 26 due to a sprained left groin.
Ramirez, 27, has played eight games combined this season with the Seattle Mariners and Guardians. He is 1-0 with a 6.97 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. The right-handers are hitting .222 against him.
In 15 Triple-A appearances, he is 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA.
Ramirez has pitched 49 career major league games with Seattle (2020-22) and Cleveland, going 2-3 with five saves and a 3.99 ERA.
“We really liked his stuff,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “I think there are some things that we mechanically think we can keep working on, but the actual things we really like. The other thing is he’s a guy with two options, which is really important for a club like ours. We are lucky to have someone like that.
Newman, 28, is batting .250 without a homer and eight RBIs in 14 games this season. He played at shortstop before the injury, but started at second base Friday. Shelton said Newman would be used in both positions.
Last season, Newman hit .226 with five home runs and 39 RBIs in 148 games.
In other moves, the Pirates designated left-hander Aaron Fletcher for an assignment and went for outfielder Bligh Madris to Indianapolis.
Fletcher went 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA in nine appearances.