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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wil Crowe (elbow) was placed on the 15-day injured list Saturday with right elbow inflammation. His season is officially over, and it's unknown at this time if the right-hander will return by the start of Spring Training. The 28-year-old posted a 6-10 record, a 4.38 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and a 68:38 K: BB across 76 innings. Crowe was used in high-leverage situations, converting 4-of-6 save opportunities and securing 16 holds in 2022. Junior Fernandez was recalled in a corresponding move.
Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder Jack Suwinski is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. Suwinski has managed to clear the fences 18 times in his first 99 major-league games this year, but he's slashing just .195/.282/.406 with 35 RBI, 41 runs scored and four stolen bases in his 347 plate appearances for the Bucs. He's hitting .190 (15-for-79) with four homers, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and 31 strikeouts in 25 games in September. Miguel Andujar is getting the start in left field and is hitting third against Reds right-hander Luis Cessa. Andujar has gone 2-for-7 with four RBI and a run scored in his first two games for the Bucs, and it looks like the team is going to give him regular playing time to close out the 2022 season.
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. It will be his second time on the bench in the last three games after he went hitless in three at-bats on Tuesday. The second-year player has struggled in the month of September, hitting .213 (20-for-94), but he does have six home runs, 15 RBI, 11 runs scored and a stolen base in 24 games played. Castro is slashing .238/.300/.450 on the year with 11 homers, 25 RBI, 23 runs scored and five stolen bases in 231 at-bats. Kevin Newman is handling the keystone on Wednesday and will hit seventh against Reds right-hander Luis Cessa. Newman is a low-upside DFS play with just two long balls in 271 at-bats in 2022.
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes isn't starting on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds and right-hander Hunter Greene. Hayes is batting .247 with a .318 on-base percentage, seven home runs, and 18 stolen bases this season in 535 plate appearances. The Pirates will instead go with Rodolfo Castro at third base. Castro will hit third against Greene and the Reds. The infielder is batting .241 with a .301 on-base percentage, 11 home runs, and five stolen bases in 249 plate appearances this season. He's worth a look as a streaming option for fantasy managers in deeper leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras allowed a pair of runs in four innings in his most recent start on Monday. The right-hander also gave up a pair of hits, one of which was a home run. He didn't walk anyone, but both of the runs he allowed were earned. Contreras generated six swings and misses and logged a 30% CSW rate on 54 pitches. For the season, the 22-year-old has now logged a 3.72 ERA and a 4.22 FIP in 92 innings to go along with 86 strikeouts and 37 walks allowed.