Those of us who get emotionally attached to Pirates players and have ever interacted with Evan Meek were very pleased with the move the Pirates made yesterday. Juan Cruz went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation; that’s the bad part. He pitched 31 innings for the Pirates this year and compiled a 2.61 ERA. As of now, there is no timetable for his return.
However, Cruz’s injury opened up a roster spot for Evan Meek to return to Pittsburgh. Evan was with the Pirates for a little while at the beginning of the year but didn’t seem to have his best stuff all the time. Evan pitched in 10 games: in 5 of them he gave up at least 1 run, and in 5 of them he pitched a scoreless inning. Every outing except one consisted of just 1 inning pitched; on April 27 he pitched 1.2 innings. He never gave up more than 3 hits in an outing.
Evan was sent down to Indianapolis on May 18. I couldn’t complain too much, since the Indians came to Buffalo the next day for a 4-game series, and I went to 3 of the 4 games. By the end of the series, Evan was kind of my buddy. We talked before the last game of the series, and he expressed to me how much he wanted to be in Pittsburgh. I’m sure he’s even more excited than I am to be back with the team he’s been a part of since 2008 and represented in the All-Star game in 2010. While with Indy, Evan pitched 36.2 innings and compiled a 2.21 ERA with 30 strikeouts. Hopefully the consistently dominant Evan Meek is here and here to stay.
Evan’s the kind of guy who says hi to a complete stranger as if you’re already his best friend. Talking to him is a total pleasure.
I can’t wait to see him in 2 weeks.