PITTSBURGH (AP) -John Van Benschoten, the Pittsburgh Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2001, will be promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.
Right-hander Shawn Chacon (2-1, 4.25 ERA) will come out of the rotation, but Pirates manager Jim Tracy said no roster move to clear a spot for Van Benschoten will be made until Saturday.
Pittsburgh is carrying 13 pitchers, including eight relievers, but closer Matt Capps faces a four-game suspension for hitting Milwaukee's Prince Fielder with a pitch.
With the Pirates getting little production from three of their five starters, Van Benschoten and former No. 1 draft pick Bryan Bullington were under consideration for a callup. But Bullington (9-3, 2.83 ERA at Indianapolis) was lifted in the first inning of a start Sunday with shoulder discomfort and won't pitch in a weekend series against Durham.
The 26-year-old Van Benschoten was 6-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 12 starts at Indianapolis, striking out 45 and walking 30. He made his major league debut with the Pirates in 2003, going 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA in six games.
The right-handed Van Benschoten later needed operations on both shoulders, one to repair a torn labrum, and has spent much of the time since then in rehabilitation.

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Houston Astros Win Total Prediction The Houston Astros flirted with a playoff appearance in 2016. Can they have a successful season in 2017?
Thumbnail Rockies Win Total Prediction Will the 2017 season be the one where the Colorado Rockies make a move to be a winning team?
Thumbnail World Baseball Classic Final Prediction Will the USA knock off Puerto Rico tonight in the World Baseball Classic Championship at 9:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Indians Win-Total Prediction After falling just shy of the World Series in 2016, can the Cleveland Indians follow it up with a better year...
Thumbnail USA vs. Japan WBC Prediction Tanner Roark’s first World Baseball Classic outing didn’t go particularly well. If Team USA wants to advance to the championship game, though, it needs the Washington...

MLB Team Pages