PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Brian Burres and recalled catcher Jason Jaramillo from Triple-A Indianapolis. This is Jaramillo's second stint with the Bucs this season. He was a member of the Opening Day roster before being optioned to Indianapolis on April 14. Jaramillo missed around two months with a right elbow injury.
Burres was scheduled to start Friday for Indianapolis. He was 5-9 for the Indians with a 4.66 ERA. He was 2-1 in August and felt good about the way he was pitching.
"I'm fresh and ready to go," Burres said. "Things have been going pretty well lately. I feel pretty good about where I'm at."
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that Burres will get the start on Friday against the Cubs in Chicago.
Jaramillo, who batted .276 with two home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games at Indianapolis, is penciled in behind the plate for today's game against the Dodgers.
"It was a tough time getting back with the injury," Jaramillo said. "But I try to look at the bright side of things. I had some good things happen this year, I had my first child and I'm just trying to focus on the good things and move forward. We've still got a month left of baseball and I'm here to just try and contribute."
Forty years ago, Bucs fielded all-minority lineup
PITTSBURGH -- Sept. 1 is a significant date in Pittsburgh Pirates history and Major League Baseball history, as well. Forty years ago, in game against Philadelphia at Three Rivers Stadium, every Pirates' starter was African-American or Latino. Such an event had never been recorded in Major League Baseball.
On Sept. 1, 1971, the Pirates were en route to winning the World Series, when they fielded an all minority starting lineup of Rennie Stennett, 2B; Gene Clines, CF; Roberto Clemente; RF, Willie Stargell, LF; Manny Sanguillen, C; Dave Cash, 3B; Al Oliver, 1B; Jackie Hernandez, SS; and Dock Ellis, P.
A moment that is now a footnote in baseball history is still very meaningful to some of today's Pirates.
"I've thought about it and talked to somebody about it earlier this year," Pirates' pitcher James McDonald said. "I thought that was an amazing accomplishment. I'm good friends with one of them, Gene Clines, I've talked to him and he was one of my coaches in the past. I thanked him when I talked to him."
"I heard about it earlier today," Bucs' infielder Josh Harrison explained. "I remember reading something on it a couple months ago and it was flashed on the scoreboard and it was a trivia question. I thought it was kind of cool, and then I found out today that it was the 40th anniversary."
Quick turnaround for make up game
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates and Dodgers are meeting in today's makeup game from May 12. The Pirates landed in Pittsburgh at 3 a.m. after losing a 2-0 decision in Houston last night. The Dodgers defeated San Diego 4-2 at Dodger Stadium yesterday and arrived in Pittsburgh in the early, early morning.
"I can count a turnaround like this on one hand in my career," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "You just have to play. You show up and play just like any other game."
Today's game against the Dodgers will be the fifth makeup game in the 11 years of PNC Park. After today's tilt, the Bucs head to Chicago for a three-game series with the Cubs and the Dodgers head to Atlanta for a three-game series.
The Pirates recorded a total of 86 base hits in August, which tied San Diego for third among National League teams behind Chicago (98) and Colorado (92).
Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata and Xavier Paul have each swiped at least 15 bases. The last time Pittsburgh had three players record at least 15 stolen bases in the same season was 1999 (Jason Kendall and Kevin Young had 22 each, while Al Martin recorded 20).
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.