Pirates put Pearce, Doumit on 15-day disabled list

| Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NEW YORK - Dusty Brown had a good feeling when he was pulled from Triple-A Indianapolis' lineup just before Sunday's game.

Josh Harrison didn't know until after the game ended and he was called to the manager's office that he would join the Pirates in New York.

"It's a blessing, I've been working for this my whole life," said Harrison, 23, who will make his major league debut. "(When I got called in the manager's office) I thought they might play a little practical joke on me, but (manager Dean Treanor) had a big smile on his face and said he wasn't going to mess with me, that I was going up."

The Pirates purchased the contracts of Brown and Harrison on Monday morning and, as anticipated, placed catcher Ryan Doumit (left ankle sprain) and infielder Steve Pearce (right calf strain) on the 15-day disabled list. Pearce and Doumit were with the team in the clubhouse at Citi Field yesterday afternoon but returned to Pittsburgh before the series opener against the Mets.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates moved right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Harrison was batting .321 in 37 games with Triple-A Indianapolis with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 11 RBI, eight stolen bases and a .361 on-base percentage. He played eight games at second base, 26 at third and one at shortstop.

The former sixth-round pick was acquired in July 2009 from the Chicago Cubs along with Jose Ascanio and Kevin Hart for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny.

Brown, who previously had six- and seven-game stints with the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and '10, respectively, was signed as a minor league free agent in December 2010. He was handling most of the catching duties in Indianapolis the past week because Jason Jaramillo was sidelined with a sore arm.

"We had Dusty (in spring training) for a long time. He was there most of camp," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Brown, who was hitting .263 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 30 games with the Indians. "He's a blue-collar kid, works hard, spends a lot of time developing relationships with the players. ... We were one of about 10 or 11 teams that (spent) the winter trying to get his services as a minor league free agent. Good quick release, good blocker, the pitch-calling was all solid."

Hurdle said he plans to use Brown to spell Chris Snyder at some point during this series against the Mets. With regards to third base, he hopes to give Brandon Wood a chance to "get some traction" with some at-bats, and, if that doesn't happen, Harrison will get an opportunity.

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