This seems largely speculating based on his Spring Training numbers. Ishikawa currently has a .333/.467/.708 line in 24 at-bats this Spring. The most important number there is that we're only talking about 24 at-bats. A lot of those at-bats have come against Triple-A guys later in the game, after all of the starters left the game. Meanwhile, Lambo is 4-for-42. Those aren't good numbers, but to put them in perspective, they basically represent one to two horrible weeks during the regular season.
Ken Rosenthal seems to think that the Pirates are still looking at Lambo and Ishika...
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