The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Thursday afternoon that shortstop Kevin Newman has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a laceration on his right middle finger. The move was made retroactive to April 9th. Second baseman Kevin Kramer has been recalled to replace Newman.
ROSTER MOVE: We have recalled INF Kevin Kramer from Triple-A Indianapolis and have placed INF Kevin Newman on the 10-day injured list due to a laceration on his right middle finger (retro to April 9).
Kramer will wear uniform #44 beginning tonight in Chicago.
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 11, 2019
Newman is 3-for-11 at the plate this season, with one double, one walk and a .697 OPS. Kramer has been off to a somewhat slow start at Indianapolis, though their season began just a week ago today. He is hitting .231/.286/.385 in six games, with four doubles and two stolen bases. He has started all six of his games at second base. With the Pirates last September, he hit .135/.175/.135 in 40 plate appearances.
In a move related to this transaction, Alfredo Reyes was moved up to Indianapolis to replace Kevin Kramer. Stephen Alemais was added to the Altoona roster to take the place of Reyes.