The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled infielder Diego Castillo from Indianapolis prior to Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room on the 28-man roster, infielder Hoy Park has been optioned to Indianapolis.
Castillo hit .201/.245/.368 in 84 games earlier in the season for the Pirates. They sent him to Indianapolis six weeks ago and since going to Triple-A, he has hit .246/.331/.358 in 35 games.
Park was called up last week and he played just one game off of the bench, getting into the final two innings of the lopsided loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday.
The Pirates also announced the news of Luis Ortiz joining the club tomorrow for the doubleheader. He is currently on the taxi squad, which will make it easier to add him tomorrow since he’s already with the team. Ortiz was just named as the International League Pitcher of the Week. As a side note, Quinn Priester won the same award for the Eastern League.
Luis Ortiz (Indianapolis) and Quinn Priester (Altoona) were both named by their leagues as the Pitcher of the Week. Ortiz tossed six no-hit innings, Priester had seven shutout frames on two hits #Pirates
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