Pirates designate Monroe, call up Pearce
DENVER — The Pirates on Friday purged another veteran from their roster, designating outfielder Craig Monroe for assignment and calling up Steve Pearce from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Monroe, 32, batted .215 with three homes and 16 RBI in 34 games this season. A non-roster invitee at spring training, he made the team with a display of prodigious home runs.
The move was announced after the Pirates' 7-3 loss against the Colorado Rockies.
"This one was a surprise," Monroe said. "To go into spring training and pretty much do everything they asked me to do ... I thought I did an excellent job. It's unfortunate that I didn't get many at-bats (this season). I don't think I really got a chance to be productive or even to help.
"Steve Pearce is the future. I guess they feel that now is the time, since I wasn't going to be back (in 2010)."
Pearce, 26, hit .277 with 11 homers and 43 RBI in 65 games for Indianapolis. The Pirates tried him in the outfield last season with mixed results. He played first base for Indy this year.
The move caught Monroe and the other players in the clubhouse off guard. It likely will fuel speculation the Pirates are plotting another, bigger roster move — such as a trade. First baseman Adam LaRoche, who is making $7.05 million this season, has been shopped since last winter and is not expected to return in 2010.
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