Alen Hanson is expected to be called up tomorrow to join the Pirates while Starling Marte is on paternity leave. Rob Biertempfel first reported the news, and Hanson’s agent confirmed it with the following tweet.
Congrats to the well deserved call up for Alen Hanson to the Pittsburgh Pirates! Worked his entire life for this opportunity! See you manana
— LA Sports Management (@LASportsMgmt) May 15, 2016
Hanson wasn’t in the Indianapolis lineup today, but has played left field in his last nine games. The original plan this year was for Hanson to get one start per week in the outfield, but that apparently has been changed recently in preparation for this. I’d expect Hanson to only be up for a short amount of time, until Marte returns. After that, he will probably return to Indianapolis and work on the consistency of his hitting, waiting for an injury or a bigger role until he’s called up again.
You can read about what Hanson has been working on in Ryan Palencer’s article from last week.
UPDATE: Monday, 1:55 PM: The Pirates officially announced the move, placing Marte on the paternity list and recalling Hanson, who is with the team today.