Pirates Add Sean Rodriguez to Roster; Option Max Moroff to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates added Sean Rodriguez to the active roster in time for Sunday’s game. Infielder Max Moroff was optioned to Indianapolis to make room.

Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves yesterday, was hitting .162/.326/.351 in 15 games before the trade. He had shoulder surgery prior to the season and was expected to miss the entire year, but made an incredible recovery to return in mid-July. He played 11 rehab games in the minors over four levels and hit .077/.191/.103, so it appears he is still getting up to speed in the majors after missing so much time. Rodriguez has played five positions during his return, getting time at SS/2B/3B/RF/LF.

Moroff could use the next 3 1/2 weeks before rosters expand on September 1st to get some regular at-bats. He has been up in the majors since June 2nd and has just 62 plate appearances over that time. The last time he started on back-to-back days was over a month ago. When the Pirates called him up from Indianapolis, he was the International League leader with a .954 OPS.

  • Clint does not play or trust rookies. Sean Rod is more to his liking.

    • You mean like he hasn’t played Bell, Kuhl, Taillon, Williams all year? Or the way he didn’t play Marte or Polonco? Hurdle may give rookies a short leash but he plays them when they produce. Guys like Moroff and Hansen just did not produce because frankly they aren’t that good.

  • After 1game with the Pirates, S-Rod has a 1.0 WAR.

  • SRod hits a walk off dinger in his return to Pittsburgh, JT regains his mojo after two atrocious starts, and even Benoit pitched well in a high pressure situation. Except for Rivero looking mortal, an all around excellent day for our Bucs!

  • Sean Rod…what a return. Whether the comment community loves him or not… that clubhouse seems to genuinely love that guy. Those smiles and hugs seemed like a reunion amongst old friends. I don’t see that strong of a bond often in professional sports, maybe some others have or do. I just think it was a cool (for lack of a better word) thing to see. And G.Brown gave an awesome call of the HR.

  • Well the SeanRod reacquisition is off to a good start.

  • justinblain1996
    August 6, 2017 12:37 pm

    Interesting to see what happens when September call ups happen. You would think moroff Bostick Gosselin and ngoepe would be candidates for call up but not sure all with fit or get any time at all

    • Pete Cepulis
      August 6, 2017 4:07 pm

      Gift isn’t even getting playing time at AAA, doubt he would get called up.

      • justinblain1996
        August 6, 2017 8:25 pm

        I was thinking be a defensive replacement or pinch runner. Really can’t see him getting any at bats in September if recalled.

  • Beloit or Hudson

  • alley12michael4
    August 6, 2017 12:13 pm

    Hopefully Benoit goes when they add Kontos.

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