The Pittsburgh Pirates have added infielder Brent Morel to the active roster, replacing Phil Irwin, who was optioned yesterday.
The move to add Morel is a surprise, since he's done nothing in Triple-A to deserve a promotion. He currently has a .215/.279/.312 line in 93 at-bats with Indianapolis. He also hasn't been hot in his last ten games, with a .333 OPS in 37 at-bats. It's not like this could be chalked up to a small sample size, as he had a .751 OPS in Triple-A last year, and a career .609 OPS in 669 plate appearances in the majors.
Andrew Lambo would have been the obvious choice for the promotion, but he's currently on the disabled list. He's eligible to come off the DL early next week, and if he's healthy enough to come off the DL and come up to the majors, then the addition of Morel would only be for three games. If that's the case, then it would explain why Chris Dickerson didn't get the promotion, since Dickerson would have had to be added to the 40-man roster, and does...
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