Vic Black had time to send his father a quick text after he learned he was called up to the major leagues for the first time. But he didn't have time to elaborate.

"I'm going" Black sent his dad after Class AAA Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor told Black Tuesday he was heading to the major leagues.

"He texted me back 'Going where?' because usually that means I'm going to lunch or something like that."

Black had just a few hours to pack and head to the airport and catch a flight for his new assignment.

Eventually he was able to elaborate on his earlier message and process what this honor meant to him.

"This is something you only dream about" he said.

The Pirates selected Black with the 49th pick in the 2009 draft their second selection in the first round after taking catcher Tony Sanchez with the fourth overall pick.

A hard-throwing right-hander Black's fastball can clear 100 mph on the radar gun.

He had a 2.31 ERA in 29 appearances for Indianapolis this season and averages 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

He also had more than twice as many strikeouts (51) as hits allowed (20).

The Pirates called up Black Tuesday to take the place of closer Jason Grilli on the active roster after Grilli went on the disabled list with a right forearm injury.