As expected, Steve Pearce was put on the 15 day DL today, although he's likely done for the season. He broke the tip of his finger on a bad-hop grounder to third last night Pedro Ciriaco, who can probably find his way between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh while sleep walking by now, was called up for middle infield depth. It's the fifth time he's been up with the big club this year.
The beat gang reported seeing Altoona/Indy LHP Aaron Thompson in the clubhouse today, that would point toward him being tomorrow's starter (although D-Mac still remains a possibility). Thompson, a first round selection of the Florida Marlins in 2005, would be making his first MLB start. There's a slot on the 40-man roster open, but someone will have to go from the 25-man to clear a spot.
Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review tweets that the Bucs have signed Nelson Figueroa to a minor league contract and sent him to Indy. Fresh off the DL, the Astros released the veteran righty and Pittsburgh is plugging him into a frazzled Tribe rotation.
Kevin Correia may be done for the year. He told Bill Brink of the Post Gazette that he'll know in a couple of weeks if he can get another start or two in before 2011 closes out.