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Pirates notebook: Stewart goes to DL; Diaz recalled

| Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 6:03 p.m.
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Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is helped from the field by trainer Ben Potenziano after hitting a two-run triple during the seventh inning against the Diamondbacks Monday, May 29, 2017, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon talks with Steelers running back James Conner after batting practice Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park. Steelers rookies attended the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks.
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Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon hugs Steelers running back James Conner after batting practice Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park. Steelers rookies attended the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks.
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Steelers running back James Conner hugs linebacker T.J. Watt after Watt threw out the first pitchto Conner before the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park. Steelers rookies attended the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks.
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Pirates first baseman Josh Bell greets Steelers running back James Conner in the dugout during batting practice Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park. Steelers rookies attended the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks.
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Steelers rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster photographs Pirates batting practice Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park. Steelers rookies attended the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks.
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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe interviews first baseman Josh Bell in the dugout for Root Sports before a game against the Diamondbacks Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park.
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Steelers first round draft pick linebacker T.J. Watt throws out the first pitch before the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park. Steelers rookies attended the Pirates game against the Diamondbacks.
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Pirates catcher Elias Diaz warms up pitcher Ivan Nova throws during the fourth inning against the Diamondbacks Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at PNC Park.

Updated 14 hours ago

Catcher Chris Stewart will have an MRI exam Wednesday to determine the extent of damage to his strained left hamstring he suffered Monday.

The Pirates put Stewart on the 10-day disabled list and called up catcher Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Stewart was injured while running out his second career triple in the seventh inning.

“I think I felt it right before I stepped on second (base),” he said. “At that point, my momentum, my adrenaline, my excitement was flowing and I kept going. As I got closer to third, I started feeling it more.”

Although the team described his injury as a strained hamstring, Stewart said the exact spot of the injury hasn't been determined.

“It's the upper calf, lower hamstring area,” he said. “It wasn't to a point where I woke up and I couldn't even walk, so I don't think any significant damage happened.”

Stewart said the area was tight and sore Tuesday morning.

“I tried to test it out,” Stewart said. “It didn't go well, so we made the smart call and got somebody else here.”

Diaz batted .281 with 18 RBIs in 30 games with Indy. He hit a two-run homer Monday.

“The last week or so, he's been swinging the bat well,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “That wasn't the reason for his call-up, though. He was coming up whether he was swinging the bat well or not. It's always good, though, when (call-ups) can be on a rise.”

Polanco in limbo

Hurdle did not offer any new information on Gregory Polanco, who sprained his right ankle Monday and left PNC Park wearing a boot. Polanco was listed on the active roster but was not in the lineup Tuesday.

“He's still going through the evaluation process,” Hurdle said.

Frazier ‘fatigued'

Adam Frazier was not in the lineup for the second day in a row Tuesday. Since hitting a three-run homer in the second inning on Thursday in Atlanta — which capped a 7-for-12 run that included nine walks and four runs scored — Frazier is 1 for 16.

The skid shaved 45 points off Frazier's batting average, which was .324 going into Tuesday's game.

“I don't think he's gotten into any bad habits,” Hurdle said. “I think he ran the bases so much, he got fatigued.”

After coming off the DL on May 12, Frazier started five straight games, got an off day, then started nine in a row.

“I think we pushed him to the point where he got a little bit fatigued,” Hurdle said. “I flipped the coin on the Sunday night game and gave him the opportunity to play in front of the national (TV) crowd. I saw more of what I'd seen the previous few days and said, ‘OK, that's enough for me.' We're giving him a little bit of a breather.”

Around the horn

A group of 19 Steelers players, including first-round pick T.J. Watt, stopped by PNC Park and watched batting practice. Watt threw out a ceremonial first pitch that was caught by former Pitt running back James Conner. … With off days coming Thursday and Monday, Hurdle is mulling whether to shuffle the order of the starting rotation. “We're having those conversations right now,” Hurdle said. “We have the option of just going in line and giving everybody some breathers. Somebody might pick up an extra opportunity to throw a touch-and-feel (session) in the bullpen.” Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Williams are scheduled to pitch this weekend against the New York Mets.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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