The Pittsburgh Pirates made four moves ahead of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Francisco Cervelli was placed on the 7-day injured list. Jacob Stallings, who was designated for assignment just over a week ago, was added back to the 40-man roster and recalled. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated infielder Jake Elmore for assignment. Finally, to take Elmore’s spot on the roster, Jose Osuna has been recalled.
Cervelli was hit on a backswing last night and had to be removed due to concussion symptoms. For now, he is on the 7-day concussion list, but with his past history of concussions, he will likely miss more time.
Stallings spent a 20-day rehab assignment with Indianapolis before being DFA’d and sent outright to Triple-A, where he was hitting .275/.361/.569 in 15 games, with 11 extra-base hits.
Osuna was injured late in Spring Training and has been in the minors since returning. He just drove in six runs last night with a three-run double and a three-run homer. He’s has been playing strictly in the outfield for the last three weeks, with just two games at first base and one at third base early in his rehab. He had an .840 OPS in 19 games with Indianapolis.
Jake Elmore was the leading hitter in the International League when he was called up two weeks ago (he still leads the league), but he went 1-for-20 with the Pirates in 11 games.