by Zane Heiple.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates made a move on Saturday to help strengthen a weak and tired bullpen. The Pirates called up Brad Lincoln for the second time this season. Lincoln’s role this time won’t be to make a spot start, as he did on July 2nd of this year, but to help a bullpen that had pitched 65.1 innings and allowed 32 runs in the sixteen previous game before Sunday. In order for Brad to claim a spot on the 25-man roster, Tony Watson was sent back to AAA Indianapolis.
His Major League debut came on June 9, 2010 against the Washington Nationals. His debut was less than spectacular as he would go six innings allowing five runs and walking two while striking out three. He remained with the Buccos until July 25 of the 2010 season when he lost his fourth game of the season. General Manager Neal Huntington cited a change in mechanics were the reason for his struggles. He would not return to the Majors until July 2 of this year. His excellent start was overshadowed due to the bullpen not being able to hold a lead.