In Stolmy Pimentel's 152 appearances in seven pro seasons he came out of the bullpen five times. Now when he makes his major league debut he will do so in relief.

"It's fine for me" Pimentel said. "I just want to get an opportunity it doesn't matter if I'm a starter or reliever or closer."

Manager Clint Hurdle said he will ease the 23-year-old right-hander who joined the club Saturday into a relief role.

"What you need to do for a guy like that and we've had them in the past just make sure he gets a clean inning and you give him ample time to warm up" Hurdle said. "That's the biggest thing right now. We're not going to try to convert him into a late-inning reliever or somebody that's going to come in in the middle of an inning."

Pimentel could assume Jeanmar Gomez's long-relief role in September. Hurdle also said the Pirates might move Gomez to a late-inning relief role.

"This is a month where you could need multiple guys in a longer position" Hurdle said. "Our thought was before the St. Louis series to try to get Jeanmar into a more meaningful role in the back end of the bullpen. We will continue to look at that."