The injury bug continues to bite the Pittsburgh Pirates.
According to sources, the team will have the corners of their infield out for a period of time. 1B Colin Moran (groin) has moved to the 10-day injured list. And 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, who hasn’t played since April 3, has moved to the 60-day injured list.
Ke’Bryan Hayes is going to the 60-day IL. Colin Moran to the 10-day IL. Troy Stokes Jr. coming up. Hayes is more of a timing thing. No setback.— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) May 9, 2021
Moran exited yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Cubs and will not return to the field until May 19 at the earliest. In a corresponding move, the team called up LF Troy Stokes Jr. from AAA Indianapolis. He could make his major league debut as early as today against the Cubs.
The team will likely have Todd Frazier slide into Moran’s slot at first and players like Erik Gonzalez and Phillip Evans could see more playing time in the infield.
In another injury-related move, Ke’Bryan Hayes was moved to the 60-day injured list, meaning he will not see the field until 60 days post-injury, which lines him up for an early June return.
There were reports earlier this week that indicated Hayes’ return was possibly on the horizon, but the Pirates say it doesn’t postpone his timetable for his injury.
But with Moran and Hayes out for extended periods of time, the Pirates will have to look for alternative sources for power, which they’ve struggled to find over the past week and a half.