The Pittsburgh Pirates are fully expected to recall 26 year old reliever Jose Ascanio on Wednesday. Ascanio’s 30 day rehab stint is over and according to GM Neal Huntington, Ascanio has been throwing the ball very well. Mike Crotta and his 9.28 ERA is expected to be sent down to clear up a roster spot. Crotta was hit hard in Tuesday’s loss, allowing 3 hits and 4 runs against four batters (15 pitches) he faced. “He hasn’t been able to go to a secondary pitcher and that’s problematic, ” manager Clint Hurdle said.