The Pirates have not yet announced any roster moves today, but it sure looks like they are about to swap Pedros by putting third baseman Pedro Alvarez (right quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list and recalling infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Ciriaco, 25, looked good in spring training — he hit .333 with four doubles and three stolen bases and played in a team-high 26 games — but was one of the final cuts. The Pirates instead kept Rule 5 pick Josh Rodriguez, who later was returned to the Cleveland Indians. At Indy, Ciriaco hit .190 and had a team-worst nine errors in 36 games. Last year, he played in eight games with the Pirates and had a single, double and triple in six at-bats. He struck out in the other three at-bats.
Alvarez has been bothered for a couple of weeks by a sore right leg. He re-injured it Sunday in the game against the Brewers, but played in two of the next three games. Alvarez was benched Friday due to the injury.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Tigers (22-22) – 1. Austin Jackson cf, 2. Ramon Santiago 2b, 3. Andy Dirks lf, 4. Miguel Cabrera 1b, 5. Brennan Boesch rf, 6. Jhonny Peralta ss, 7. Alex Avila c, 8. Brandon Inge 3b, 9. Max Scherzer rhp (6-0, 2.81)
Pirates (21-23) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Ryan Doumit c, 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (5-4, 3.97)