The Pittsburgh Pirates reinstated right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams, who was placed on the paternity list on Saturday. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, infielder Kevin Kramer was optioned to Indianapolis.
This was the second stint for Kramer in the majors this year. After sitting for all five days during his first time with the team in mid-April, Kramer was used as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, drawing a walk and scoring a run. He was called up prior to Sunday’s game to help a shortened bench due to Corey Dickerson being out with right groin discomfort. Kramer is hitting .270/.348/.413 in 75 games with Indianapolis. He will still get time off for the All-Star break, he just won’t be collecting a Major League salary during that time. Indianapolis doesn’t play again until Thursday.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.