The decision on Jordy Mercer when Neil Walker returns is an easy one to make. Photo Credit: David Hague

After Jordy Mercer's first home run today, Greg Brown said the Pirates will have a difficult decision coming up, deciding what to do with the infielder. After the second homer, Brown said the same thing. I saw a lot of the same on Twitter today during the game, possibly repeating Brown's comments.

With all due respect to everyone saying this, the decision isn't difficult at all. The decision to be made on Mercer is easy. He needs to stay in the majors and continue getting playing time, and John McDonald needs to be removed from the roster.

The only way the decision would be difficult with Mercer is if the Pirates thought McDonald was deserving of a roster spot. He isn't. It woul...

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