INDIANAPOLIS — Clayton Richard has been acquired outright from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians by the Chicago Cubs. The Lafayette, Indiana native originally signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates this December, and as part of that contract, an “upward mobility” clause triggered Tuesday to open a 72-hour window in which the Pirates must make him available to the other 29 teams in Major League Baseball.
If a team agreed to put Richard on a big league roster he was to be either promoted to Pittsburgh or traded to the interested club.
Richard will start tomorrow for Chicago at Wrigley Field against the Miami Marlins, per Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity and I’m also very grateful for the opportunity the Pirates gave me,” Richard said. “The organization, through the spring and this season, gave me a chance to go out and get better and improve. I’m really grateful for what the coaching staff was able to do to help me and get me in position to make the next jump.”
The left-hander went 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA (13 ER in 56.0 IP) and 25 strikeouts in nine starts with the Indians prior to his scratch from tonight’s start. He began his Triple-A stint with a 4.02 ERA over his first three outings before going 3-1 and ranking fourth in the International League with a 1.34 ERA through his final six starts, beginning May 29. Richard worked an impressive stretch of 28 2/3 consecutive innings with no earned runs during that six-game span.
The former Indiana Mr. Football and Baseball pitched professionally in his hometown for the first time of his career when the Indians hosted Pawtucket on May 18. His guest list for that outing featured more than 100 friends and family at Victory Field, including his former coaches from McCutcheon High School.
Last Sunday (June 28), Richard made his final appearance at Victory Field, tossing seven innings of one-run ball and retiring 19 of the last 20 batters faced in a win against Syracuse. He concluded his Indians stint unbeaten in five total home starts with a 2-0 record and 1.64 ERA while pitching in downtown Indianapolis.
Right-hander Chris Volstad has been outrighted by the Pirates to fill Richard’s roster slot and make tonight’s spot start in Toledo.