The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Alex Presley and infielder Chase d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled each player from AAA Indianapolis. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates have optioned Pedro Ciriaco and Aaron Thompson to AAA.
The move is expected, as we heard last night that Presley and d'Arnaud had been removed from the lineup, and signs pointed to them being recalled today. With Ryan Ludwick on the disabled list, Presley should take over as the starting left fielder. Chase d'Arnaud will probably get some playing time at third base, and could factor in at shortstop, but should largely be used off the bench.
You could make an argument that the downfall of the season came right when Presley and d'Arnaud went on the disabled list, removing a spark from the top of the lineup. With Jose Tabata already back, and Presley and d'Arnaud joining him, the Pirates should have an interesting offense to watch for the remainder of the seaso...
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