ROSTER MOVES:— Pirates (@Pirates) June 8, 2019
Corey Dickerson & Jung Ho Kang have been reinstated from IL & Michael Feliz has been recalled from Indy.
Rookie Davis is placed on the 10 day IL (blister-right middle finger).
Cole Tucker has been optioned to AAA & Nick Kingham has been deignated for assignment.
This is pretty much what I speculated after the game last night, except Cole is being optioned (instead of Osuna) and Kang back up shortstop as well as third base.
Also, it was decided that Rookie Davis would be the injured party while Nick Kingham gets tossed overboard (although it’s likely he’ll clear waivers and end up at Indianapolis.)
This will be the second tome Michael Feliz has been recalled from Triple-A after beginning the season on the Pirates’ 25 man active roster. He’s been terrible in the majors, with a 8.25 ERA in 12 appearances, including a hand full of epic meltdowns - but has been the opposite in Triple-A, walking only 7 and striking out 22 in 15 innings, with a 1.20 ERA in 10 games. Perhaps he needs some confidence. Perhaps minor league hitters are just that bad.
Cole Tucker, the Pirates 24th overall selection in the 2014 amateur draft, was off to a 333/406/579 start in Indianapolis over his first 19 games, earning the promotion when the Pirates’ starter Erik Gonzalez went down with injury. Tucker had a game winning homer in his first game in the majors, but was quickly mired in a 7-for-63 slump, losing his starting job to fellow rookie Kevin Newman. Over his last 11 games, however, Tucker had hit 321/367/500 in 30 plate appearances, while providing exemplary defense the whole time he was in Pittsburgh. He’ll now get a chance to play everyday in Triple-A, waiting for another chance in The Show.
Kang did well in 8 rehabilitation games, with 12 hits in 27 at bats, including three doubles and a homer, good for a 444/516/667 line. Dickerson didn’t produce in 9 games, with just 6 hits in 33 at bats, but it’s a process that’s dependant on the player demonstrating health rather than results.