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It was a busy Saturday for the Pirates...

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers
Outfielder Ka’ai Tom was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Saturday’s game against Milwaukee.
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Prior to today’s game against the Brewers, the Pirates announced the following roster moves:

ACQUISITIONS:

The Pirates acquired 1B/OF John Nogowski from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations.

Nogowski, 28, made his MLB debut in the truncated 2020 season, and went 1-for-4 in what was his only game played. This season, Nogowski played in 19 games for St. Louis and went 1-for-18 with a walk.

With Colin Moran injured, the Pirates need an option at first base. And it seems the team wasn’t thrilled with its in-house options, which explains the trade for Nogowski.

INJURIES:

Outfielder Ka’ai Tom was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to July 2) with a lower back strain.

With Tom and Gregory Polanco out, expect Jared Oliva, who was called up earlier this week, to get some more playing time in the outfield.

In a corresponding move, RHP Kyle Keller was recalled from Indianapolis.

Keller pitched 3.1 innings for the Pirates earlier this season, and gave up three earned runs.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated RHP Geoff Hartlieb for assignment.