So much for having Indians closer Chris Bootcheck on tonight’s pre-game show. The right-hander is heading to the Pirates bullpen. Last night “Booter” converted his 16th consecutive by working a perfect 9th inning. What has been so enjoyable about the ’09 season is the Pirates promoting players who deserve a promotion. In the past a great month or hot stretch has not guaranteed you anything, but this year has been different. Sure, Brian Bixler (.290, 8HR, 23RBI since June 19) is putting up big numbers as of late and Daniel McCutchen has won 6 of his last 8 starts, but they are the exception rather than the norm. Bootcheck on the other had has been pitching with an eye towards Pittsburgh since the end of May. Since June 1st the 30 year-old is a perfect 13 for 13 in save opportunities with a 2.36 earned run average.
As a player you always want the opportunity to pitch in the bigs and for Bootcheck it’s a chance to return after pitching for the Angels for parts of ’03, ’05, ’06, ’07, and ’08 . Pirates.com writer Jen Langosch reports LHP Donnie Veal will be added to the DL to make room for Bootcheck.
When Bootcheck makes his Pirates debut he will become the 20th player this season to wear both an Indianapolis Indians uniform and a Major League uniform.
Speaking of uni’s, the Tribe will be wearing pink jersey’s tonight to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition. The jerseys will be auctioned off during tonight’s game to aid the organization whose aim is to help young women diagnosed with breast cancer.