Pirates notebook: Lambo recalled to bolster bench
Facing the possibility of having Travis Snider and Pedro Alvarez unable to play in the series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Pirates recalled outfielder/first baseman Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Lambo hit a pinch-hit single and scored a run to assist in the Pirates' eighth-inning rally in a 2-1 victory.
“We've got two left-handed hitters that I don't know if they're going to be available this weekend,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “(Lambo) has continued to work hard to get ready for an opportunity, and it's presented itself now.”
Snider left Wednesday's game with hamstring discomfort. He said prior to batting practice Friday that he has been getting treatment and felt better, but he was unsure whether he would be available off the bench.
“I've dealt with these types of injuries in the past, and if you can limit the exposure over the first couple days it puts you in good position to be healthy in the coming weeks,” said Snider, who is hitting .298 in 35 games since the All-Star break. “Not putting a date or time on anything but just understanding how my body responds to these types of things and doing everything I can in however many days it takes.”
Alvarez sprained his left foot Tuesday.
Lambo was hitting .328 with 19 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 61 games with Indianapolis and .310 in 21 games this month.
To make room for Lambo, the Pirates optioned pitcher Gerrit Cole to rookie affiliate Bristol. The move is only on paper. Cole isn't scheduled to start until Monday, when rosters expand.
Harrison receives award
Josh Harrison added another honor to his list Friday, when he was named the Pirates' recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award.
The award, presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, is given to one player from each of the 30 teams who demonstrates passion and embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game. Fans, alumni and active players vote on an overall winner, who will be announced at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. Hurdle will present the award Nov. 18.
“It's definitely an honor to be recognized,” Harrison said. “They see me going out there and having fun and playing with a lot of passion. It's definitely an honor. It's been, I don't want to say a crazy year because I feel I'm capable and deserving of all this, but always good to be recognized for all the hard work I've put in. And it's not just me. Anyone in here would be deserving because we all work hard to get where we are.”
Harrison leads the majors in extra-base hits (23) and is second in total bases (88) since the All-Star break. He entered Friday's game fourth in the NL with a .304 batting average and second in average with runners in scoring position (.356).
Hurdle, who will receive the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award the same night, said Harrison is the type of player you would want your Little League team to watch to have an example of what a ballplayer should be.
Morton's next step?
Charlie Morton (right hip inflammation) made a rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Thursday and threw 73 pitches in four innings. He allowed four hits, two runs and one walk and struck out six.
Hurdle said he hadn't yet talked to Morton but planned to meet after batting practice. Based on reports he received, however, Morton felt he was able to execute pitches and was pleased with the number of strikes he threw.
“He didn't feel significantly better than the last time he took the ball, so we're going to get his feedback and decide what step's next,” Hurdle said.
No changes for Polanco
Hurdle said he has had several conversations with the coaching staff at Indianapolis since sending Gregory Polanco down Monday and said that they aren't looking to alter his swing.
“I shared some thoughts with (hitting coach) Mike Pagliarulo (Thursday), and he had some thoughts after watching him swing the bat a little bit,” Hurdle said. “This is about timing and trying to find a way to help him get his foot down on time, seeing the ball and getting that good aggressive swing off.”