The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled 1B/3B Jason Rogers on Friday and sent infielder Cole Figueroa to Indianapolis to make room on the roster.
Rogers is having a terrific season in Indianapolis, hitting .366/.435/.683 in 11 games. He has played third base three times, first base three times and served as the DH in the other five games. Rogers homered off Homer Bailey in Thursday's ballgame, his third home run of the season.
Figueroa was 0-for-9 in eight games for the Pirates, being used mostly as a pinch-hitter. He did not start any games. His only time spent on defense was late in games, playing two innings at second base and three frames at third base.
Rogers is in the starting lineup tonight, batting sixth and playing first base....
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