Matt Hague is with the Pittsburgh Pirates and he will be added to the active roster for tonight’s game. According to multiple reports on Twitter, Starling Marte isn’t with the team right now and Rob Biertempfel points out that Marte’s locker is empty. A roster move with need to be made to add Hague to the 40-man roster, which is currently full. More on this as it develops.
Hague played for the Pirates in 2012, hitting .229/.270/.257 in 30 games. This season for Indianapolis, he is hitting .267/.363/.456 in 80 games, with 13 homers and he leads the International League and all Pirates minor league players with 59 RBIs.
Hague has played 38 games at third base this season, splitting the rest of his time between first base and DH. Ryan Palencer recently talked to Hague about his power spike this season and playing third base.
5:13pm: Still no word on the move to put Hague on the roster, but it was announced that Starling Marte was placed on the Bereavement List. Hague hasn’t arrived at the stadium yet, but he’s on the lineup card and available to play tonight.
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