Youman activated by Pittsburgh Pirate

Pitcher Shane Youman was promoted to the Pittsburgh Pirates late Tuesday night, becoming the 12th former LSU player to be activated at the major league level this season. Youman, 26, a left-hander from New Iberia, La., will join the Pirates Wednesday night when they face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Youman was 4-0 with a 4.04 ERA in seven starts this summer for the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate.

Youman, Pittsburgh's 43rd-round draft choice in 2001, worked six seasons in the minor leagues before being assigned to the MLB club. He pitched three seasons at LSU (1999-2001), posting a 6-2 record and a 4.82 ERA in 50 appearances (11 starts).

Youman made 28 relief appearances during LSU's 2000 national championship season, recording a 3-0 mark and a 4.55 ERA in 31.2 innings.

Another former LSU player also made his major league debut in 2006 as pitcher Brian Wilson was called up to the San Francisco Giants in April.

Ten other ex-LSU players have seen MLB action this season, including pitchers Paul Byrd (Cleveland Indians), Russ Springer (Houston Astros), Randy Keisler (Oakland Athletics), Roy Corcoran (Washington Nationals) and Brian Tallet (Toronto Blue Jays); infielders Todd Walker (San Diego Padres), Aaron Hill (Toronto Blue Jays) and Ryan Theriot (Chicago Cubs); and outfielders Brad Hawpe (Colorado Rockies) and Todd Linden (San Francisco Giants).

LSU has produced 53 major league baseball players in its history, including 39 since 1985.

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