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Alen Hanson expected to be called up

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Rob Biertempfel is tweeting that the Pirates are expected to call up Alen Hanson when Starling Marte goes on paternity leave.  I don't know anything more about Marte's situation, but Hanson did not play for Indianapolis today, so a move could be imminent.  It would explain Hanson playing left field exclusively for nearly a week and a half.  That could also portend him getting some starts there while he's up.

A brief callup could be a good opportunity for Hanson.  He's in his last option year and he hasn't exactly set the woods on fire in AAA.  Last year he posted a .701 OPS there.  This year, he sits at .707 after a strong start.  He has four walks and 29 strikeouts, so his command of the strike zone is obviously an issue.  By most accounts, he's a good defender at second base, but with Josh Harrison hitting well it's unlikely the Pirates will be looking to make a change there.