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Mercer Joins the Pirates, But Barmes Still the Shortstop

Mercer Joins the Pirates, But Barmes Still the Shortstop

Jordy Mercer

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Infielder Jordy Mercer arrived to the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park just an hour before the club was set to take batting practice. Surrounded by media, the 25-year-old was all smiles as he tried to put into words what getting called up to the Majors felt like.

"It’s a dream come true, it really is," Mercer said. "Words can't describe it. It’s something you dream about as a little kid, and it's actually coming true. That’s pretty special...This is what you dream of. To get into the game. To make the most of it. I’m excited for it."

Mercer said he found out from his Triple-A manager Dean Treanor, who called him into his office to deliver the news.

"Dean just called me in his office and said, ‘The time is now. You’re ready to go.’ That’s basically it," Mercer said, who immediately called his parents. Mercer's wife was already with him for the special moment.

And Mercer has earned a promotion to the Majors -- especially after swin...

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