The Pirates have recalled catcher Elias Diaz from Indianapolis and optioned catcher John Bormann to Bradenton. The move was necessitated by the continuing unavailability of Francisco Cervelli, who expects to be out only for a couple of days.
Bormann’s one-day emergency callup was another in a series of feel-good stories for the Pirates, following the callups of Dovydas Neverauskas and Gift Ngoepe. Although it won’t have any impact on the team’s fortunes, it beats the kind of non- or semi-baseball related news that has plagued the team in recent months. Clint Hurdle deserves a hat tip for having the decency to get Bormann a plate appearance in a game that was out of hand. He remains on the 40-man roster, probably because the team still has a vacant spot and thus has no reason to make a move.
Diaz has been hitting well lately in AAA and has a 305/317/441 line overall. He may be the best of the team’s catchers defensively and it’s possible his defense has taken a step forward this year. He had his elbow cleaned out surgically last year and said at the time that it’s bothered him off and on for years. So far this year he’s thrown out 47% (9-of-19) of base stealers.