The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder Clint Barmes on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Michael Martinez from Indianapolis. The move was made retroactive to June 30th.
Martinez was up briefly with the Pirates last month, getting into one game. He has been on a hot streak at the plate recently for Indianapolis, hitting .424 in his last ten games. The switch-hitter, who can play the outfield as well, has had a horrible time against left-handed pitching this year, batting .159, with a .438 OPS. As a lefty, he is hitting .293 in 188 at-bats.
Barmes has played 42 games this year, hitting .239 in 88 at-bats. He’s played all four infield positions, getting most of his time at shortstop. Since the move was made retroactive to six days ago when he last played, he likely won’t miss more than the next nine days, barring any setback of course.
Updated 2:38pm: Well despite the move being retroactive, Barmes has a groin injury that will keep him out 4-6 weeks. He got hurt during BP yesterday, while he was taking grounders.Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.
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