This is Presley's third call-up of the season. (Photo by: David Hague)
Outfielder Alex Presley will re-join the Pirates to get the team back to having 13 position players on the roster. Right-handed reliever Jared Hughes has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
The Pirates were working with a 13-man pitching staff this week after the injury to starter Jeanmar Gomez. Hughes was recalled and pitched a scoreless inning Monday in Atlanta then gave up two runs in 1.2 innings Wednesday. He has a 4.96 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings for the Bucs this year.
Presley's return gives the Pirates more flexibility in the outfield, where manager Clint Hurdle started catcher Russell Martin earlier this week. Presley is 4-for-14 in the Majors this season ...
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.