Brandon Moss will get a second chance — albeit a potentially brief one — with the Pirates.
Moss will be among eight players brought up Tuesday from Triple-A Indianapolis. Also on the list are outfielder Alex Presley; pitchers Brad Lincoln, Steven Jackson, Justin Thomas and Brian Bass; catcher Jason Jaramillo; and infielder Pedro Ciriaco.
Moss hit .266 with 22 homers and 96 RBI and was named Indy’s team MVP. He was the Pirate’ starting right fielder last season, but was sent back to the minors this year during spring training.
“He’s made a lot of adjustments and you could very easily (argue) we should give him another shot because of all he’s done this year,” GM Neal Huntington said.
Of course, right field already is pretty crowded with Lastings Milledge, Ryan Doumit, John Bowker and (sometimes) Delwyn Young and Garrett Jones. It will be difficult to find many at-bats for Moss or Presley down the stretch this month.
In order to clear spots for Moss, Presley, Bass and Jackson on the 40-man roster, Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff Clement were placed on the 60-day disabled list and Aki Iwamura and Erik Kratz were designated for assignment.
Yesterday, Lincoln gave up five runs in 2 1/3 innings in Indy’s 6-3, season-ending loss against Louisville. Lincoln might take the rotation spot of Jeff Karstens, who’s sidelined by a sore shoulder, although Brian Burres did a great job filling in this afternoon. Lincoln was on Indy’s DL last month with a sore neck, and was just so-so in two starts since being activated.
Presley had a combined 166 hits this season for Double-A Altoona and Indy, which ties him with Nate McLouth for the fifth-most hits in a season by a Pirates minor leaguer. The leader is Jim Negrych, who had 170 hits in 2008.