Ability to go multiple innings lands Scahill role

Pirates go with former Minor League starter over Holdzkom in bullpen

Ability to go multiple innings lands Scahill role

CINCINNATI -- The final move to complete the Pirates' bullpen for the start of the season became a quirky one: Rob Scahill was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Vance Worley -- who wasn't really in the bullpen to begin with.

Worley was a reliever in name only -- assigned to the 'pen when Jeff Locke nailed down one rotation vacancy. Another opened up when Charlie Morton had to go on the disabled list, so the Bucs needed someone to pick up the long-relief work Worley would have done.

Thus the call went to Scahill, 28, a one-time Minor League starter whose Major League career includes 20 appearances of longer than an inning out of 41 games in Colorado -- and not to John Holdzkom.

"[Radhames] Liz is a two-, three-inning guy," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We needed another multiple-innings guy we can depend on. [Arquimedes] Caminero gave us a look [at that], but he hasn't done that too much. We wanted to ensure the fact we came out of the blocks with two guys who have thrown multiple innings, and had success doing that."

Holdzkom was tested in that role in camp. He was scored upon twice in seven outings -- in his only two appearances of more than an inning.

"That's what I've done the majority of my big league career. I've always thrown a lot of innings," said Scahill. "If that's what they need me to do, I'm more than willing to do it. Or if they want me to come in and get just one guy out ... whatever they need.

"I came [into camp] with a goal, to put myself in the best situation I could, and I felt I did that this spring," added Scahill, who allowed two runs in 10 Grapefruit League innings. "And I'm happy that they rewarded me. I wasn't expecting it, and I'm absolutely thrilled to be here. I flew under the radar [in Spring Training]."

At the end of Spring Training, he flew here rather than to Indianapolis.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.