The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that 1B/OF Jose Osuna will take the place of Starling Marte on the active roster, after Marte was suspended by MLB for 80 games on Tuesday afternoon. Osuna will be available for tonight’s game in St Louis.
Osuna nearly made the Pirates out of Spring Training, where he put up a .407/.492/.759 slash line in 22 games. He has hit .250/.341/.389 in ten games with Indianapolis this season, boosting that average 62 points in his last game with three hits. He had five homers during spring, but didn’t hit one with Indianapolis. His best position defensively is first base, but he has played games in both left field and right field since 2015, including some added outfield time in winter ball. He doesn’t have the best range, but a very strong arm helps his case out there.
We will have more on Osuna later from Brian Peloza, who is in Indianapolis tonight covering the game.