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Pirates notebook: Pirates recall Decker, send Cumpton back to Indy

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Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:09 p.m.
 

• The Pirates on Thursday recalled outfielder Jaff Decker and sent right-hander Brandon Cumpton back to Triple-A Indianapolis. Decker was with the Pirates for three games in mid-May and went 0 for 3. At Indy, Decker hit .266 with four home runs. In his first nine games this month, Decker batted .344 (11 for 32), including four doubles, a triple and six runs scored. “We added a bat,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He can defend, he can pinch-run. He gives us a few different weapons to win a game.” Cumpton made a spot start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals in place of injured righty Gerrit Cole. Cumpton worked 3 13 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. The Pirates will make another set of roster moves Sunday when left-hander Francisco Liriano is activated from the disabled list.

• Hurdle said he does not yet know if left fielder Starling Marte will rejoin the team before the All-Star break. Marte was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday after the death of his mother-in-law. He is allowed by MLB rules to be out three to seven days. “Those aren't situations where you try to give him a window,” Hurdle said.

• Cole (sore right lat) did some light throwing on flat ground from about 45 feet. No timetable has been revealed for when Cole will come off the disabled list, but he likely will be out until at least late July.

— Rob Biertempfel

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