PITTSBURGH, PA -- When Jordy Mercer was promoted to Pittsburgh from Triple-A on May 29, he earned it. The rookie infielder hit for a .303/.379/.417 line in 175 at-bats with Indianapolis and was used as a pinch-hitter the same day he flew in from the minors. The 25-year-old struck out swinging, but picked up his first Major League hit the very next day in his first big league start at shortstop.
But since then, Mercer hasn't seen much playing time. The infielder made just one other start, and hasn't seen an at-bat since June 9th -- 10 days without seeing a Major League pitch.
"It’s something new," Mercer said of the lack of playing time. "It’s something that I haven’t experienced a lot of. It’s trying to take an extra rep, take an extra swing, do the extra things that I have to be prepared. I continue to do that. I’ve been learning a lot from other guys. I’ve asked a lot of questions from other guys. Just some of the things to help and they’ve taught me a lot with it too."