Pirates Promote Josh Harrison

Rob Biertempfel tweets that the Pirates will place Steve Pearce on the DL, and could promote Andy Marte, clearing space for him on the 40-man roster by moving Ross Ohlendorf to the 60-day DL. (UPDATE: Although there already appears to be an open spot on the 40-man, so the reason for moving Ohlendorf to the 60-day isn't clear to me, unless they're going to put Ryan Doumit on the DL and call up Dusty Brown or something.)

I had hoped Pearce's return would be swift. Marte is currently batting .191 at Indianapolis, so the Bucs would really be scraping the bottom of the barrel here. He would, however, supplant Brandon Wood as the latest 2006 top prospect to join the Pirates, following Lastings Milledge, Andy LaRoche, and Jeff Clement (Scott Olsen missed the boat somehow). Can Joel Guzman, Jeremy Hermida and Anthony Reyes be far behind?

UPDATE: Dejan Kovacevic says he thinks Josh Harrison and Dusty Brown will be joining the team.

UPDATE 10:52 PMKovacevic tweets that the Pirates have promoted Harrison. He'll need to be placed on the 40-man roster, so it is now full. If they're going to call up Dusty Brown, as appears likely, they'll need another spot. The Pirates' move to take Harrison over Marte is a sensible one. Not that Harrison is particularly good, but he hit well for Indianapolis, and he certainly should be able to out-hit Brandon Wood and Pedro Ciriaco. I hope the Pirates will find some playing time for him in Pearce's absence.

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