The Pittsburgh Pirates added infielder Drew Sutton today, and will assign him to Indianapolis. The club acquired Jeff Larish last week, and at the time the bench was looking crowded. The addition of Sutton means that something has to give.
Right now Indianapolis has 24 players on their roster. They have 13 position players and 11 pitchers after Jeff Locke was promoted today. Those numbers don’t include Sutton. Locke should return in a few days when Jason Grilli returns from the Bereavement list. At that point, the Pirates will need to make a move in Indianapolis.
The starters at each offensive position today were:
C – Jose Morales
1B – Jeff Clement
2B – Jordy Mercer
SS – Chase d’Arnaud
3B – Matt Hague
LF – Jeff Larish
CF – Starling Marte
RF – Alex Presley
That leaves Eric Fryer, Jake Fox, Brian Friday, Anderson Hernandez, and Brandon Boggs on the bench.
The addition of Sutton could mean one of two things. It could mean that someone like Friday or Hernandez will be let go, as there would be less of a need for them with Sutton on the roster.
The second thing is what everyone is probably thinking: a potential major league move. The offense is struggling in the majors. The team could use some help. And if Indianapolis sends someone up, they’d need a replacement, which would be Sutton in this case.
A move will eventually have to be made, as Indianapolis won’t have room for Sutton once Locke returns. As we saw with Larish, it’s not a guarantee to lead to a call-up, although that’s the first guess on everyone’s minds with the offensive struggles in the majors.