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Monday, November 28, 2022

Cole Tucker Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned shortstop Cole Tucker back to Indianapolis prior to Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Tucker was up with the Pirates for three games while Jose Osuna served out his five-game suspension, which is in the final day today.

Tucker was designated as the “26th man” for yesterday’s game, which means that he was going back to Indianapolis today, as per the rules of adding an extra player. The Pirates actually sent Tucker down prior to yesterday’s game so they could add a pitcher to the active roster (Montana DuRapau), then recalled Tucker as the extra player.

The 26th man rule for the Little League Classic states that teams can call up a position player. It turned out to a complicated roster manipulation that didn’t help them, while also resulting in a short bench today and Tucker being sent back a day earlier. That last part is okay because all he did was come off the bench in all three games, getting a walk, hit-by-pitch and going 0-for-1. So at least now he will see some game action in Indianapolis over the final two weeks before returning on September 1st or shortly there after. The Triple-A season ends on September 2nd, so all of the September call-ups will be up by the 3rd of the month.

Jose Osuna will be back tomorrow, then Kyle Crick will serve his three-game suspension Tuesday through Thursday.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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.

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