July 31, 2010

Clement, Diaz, McCutchen Called Up

Lost in the shuffle, the Pirates called up three minor leaguers to replace departed veterans today. Don't get too excited but coming to the majors are Jeff Clement, Argenis Diaz, and Daniel McCutchen.

Clement was hitting .305/.335/.555 at Indianapolis. He, of course, was the Opening Day first baseman and then was sent down after hitting .189/.230/.331 in the majors.

Diaz was hitting .248/.302/.285 at Indianapolis. He was up earlier this year, going 0-for-2 in two pinch hit appearances. Nothing in his record indicates that he can hit in the major leagues, or at AAA for that matter.

McCutchen has been back and forth a few times and was 4-8, 3.99 at Indianapolis. He is 1-4 with an 8.68 ERA in the majors which earns him tonight's start. Hopefully the 2011 Bucs will have better spot starting options available in the minors.

McCutchen was expecting to come up, but Indianapolis was scheduled to start a series in Norfolk today so it's doubtful that Clement and Diaz can make it to St. Louis in time for tonight's game. The Pirates might have as few as 21 men in uniform today meaning it is entirely appropriate to start getting pumped for a Zach Duke pinch hitting appearance.

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