As September 1st approaches, the Pirates organization is currently in a position unlike they have seen in the past. The club sits eight games over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second Wild Card Spot. When looking at which players to bring up to join the club in Pittsburgh, instead of just bringing up prospects to take a look at them, they could still possibly be in midst of a pennant race.

"The past decisions on who to call up on September 1st [was] who do we want to get a look at, who do we want to reward for being with us," General Manager Neal Huntington said. "Is the guy ready to come up? Is he going to play? And now, it’s who’s going to help us win? Who gives us an extra weapon for Clint [Hurdle] to try and win a game late. Whether it’s a set of legs off the bench,...

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