The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled C/1B Zack Collins from Indianapolis. To make room on the roster, infielder/outfielder Tucupita Marcano has been optioned to Indianapolis. The Pirates also called up Luis Ortiz as the 29th-man for today’s doubleheader. To make space on the 40-man roster, Bligh Madris has been designated for assignment.
Collins was just picked up off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he hit .194/.266/.417 in 26 games. He has a .195/.306/.347 slash line over four partial seasons in the majors.
Marcano is hitting .201/.251/.302 in 48 games for the Pirates this season.
Ortiz was announced yesterday, with the news breaking the previous night. He has made just two starts for Indianapolis, with completely different results, allowing four runs over four innings in his debut, then six no-hit innings last week. He had a 4.64 ERA in 114.1 innings with Altoona. He will be starting game two of the doubleheader.
Madris struggled in the majors and he’s done well in Indianapolis this year. He hit .177/.244/.265 in 39 games for the Pirates, and he has an .848 OPS in 71 games for Indianapolis.