Pirates Place Ji-Man Choi on Injured List; Recall Tucupita Marcano

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled infielder/outfielder Tucupita Marcano prior to Saturday’s game against the St Louis Cardinals. First baseman Ji-Man Choi was placed on the 10-day Injured List after being scratched from yesterday’s lineup due to ankle discomfort. That move was made retroactive to April 14th.

Choi has hit .125/.125/.344 in nine games this season, connecting on two solo homers for his only RBIs. He has zero walks and 15 strikeouts in 32 plate appearances.

Marcano has been off to a fast start for Indianapolis this year, hitting .422/.458/.689 in 11 games. He played 49 games for the Pirates last year, putting up a .206/.256/.306 slash line.

He has made starts at second base, third base, shortstop and left field this year. He has also played a little bit of right field in his career.

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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Did Choi pull a rib muscle from chasing sliders out of the strike zone or trying to hold up a check swing for strike 3 with men on base?


Get well soon Choi.

Welcome back to the show Tucupita the bazooka cheetah! Here’s to hoping he takes the SS job and runs with it 🐆


Choi and Sheltless were the only two in MLB able to slow down Reynolds

BRey is named POW, his reward? Sheltless protected him with .125 Choi in the #3 hole facing a LHSP, BRey saw 2 in zone that night in 4 PA.

Can someone please explain the analytics or should i pretend its 2022 and chalk this up as out right opt out revenge or sabatoge arbitration numbers

Mind boggling how Sheltless can watch Castro stand and admire his first HR, a real tape measure. Made it over by a yard. Yep, a yard

Castro made sure he made up for it the next half inning, Holderman’s 3rd pitch in the 8th should have been the 2nd out. Castro thought that would be too easy so he short arms a grounder in his “I just hit a HR fashion”

So his miscue extends the pitch count leaving our set up possibly unavailable the next day Then the bases load and the tying run steps to the plate.
.He did the same thing to Keller, costing him a W
If i was pitching and that’s the defense your choosing to run out there
i would GIVE the BALL back and say


National league stinks again, game one the Cardinals used their entire organization against us. Super 2’s and all. They had us in their building, with a lefty throwing to a starting line-up with only Bae and Hayes on next years future 40 man 5-0

No one wants to see kids come up early possibly delaying develoment
No one is screaming to sign a bunch of expensive FA’s

Just extend Reynolds for now, if you can’t see it all starts with him, what are we even doing here

DFA Choi, and for just once think about DEFENSE and UNDERSTAND
Castro will never hit enough HR’s to justify too many holes in his game both mental and physical

If you can’t throw by now, don’t know to run HR balls too close to call,
so cocky you sometimes won’t hustle out a ground ball because your heads not in the game

Shameful Cupid didn’t get the call immediatly when Cruz went down
but again, that would be to easy


Preach it, brother – but whatever you do, don’t get me started on baserunning fundamentals. Good heavens!


Thank god


I love the versatility that Marcano brings. Hopefully he plays so well that they can then release Mathias.


why on earth would you want to release mathias


Because he sucks!


Or Mathias figures it out and we have two more good players.


Do the Pirates have a wing at Allegheny General?


Hopefully Santana’s left hand is ok. Need him at 1B


I like Choi. I hope he’s not down for long.


Did you read his stats?


I’m not quite as concerned about the batting average as I am about the strikeouts – but of course they go hand in hand.

Wilbur Miller

Indy may have scored its last run for a while.


But they have all star, all world future hall of famer Swaggerty!

Last edited 1 month ago by PirateRican21

No, but obviously better and more needed than Marciano.

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