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d’Arnaud, Presley, Lincoln on the way


A lot of y’nz already have asked me why Josh Harrison was sent down to Indy today instead of Pedro Ciriaco, who never plays. Here’s the way I expect all these roster moves to shake down and why …

Infielder Chase d’Arnaud will be called up from the minors and join the Pirates on Friday. Outfielder Alex Presley will┬ábe promoted Tuesday for the start of the series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Pitcher Brad Lincoln will get a callup July 2 to make a spot start in the second game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals.

Harrison’s spot on the active roster will be filled by d’Arnaud, a fourth-round draft pick in 2008 who this year is batting .280 with four home runs at Indy.

Manager Clint Hurdle already has made it clear he would like to have Presley — who’s hitting .330 with eight homers at Indy — available for an interleague series where the designated hitter is used. When Presley is called up Tuesday, infielder Pedro Ciriaco will go back to Indianpolis.

After the three games against the Blue Jays, the Pirates will option either Presley, d’Arnaud or a reliever to Indianapolis and bring up Lincoln. The right-hander is 6-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 13 starts this year.

Remember, under MLB rules, a player who is sent to the minors cannot be recalled for 10 days unless someone goes on the DL. On July 3, Harrison will be eligible for a recall to the Pirates, and he will rejoin the team at that point (with Lincoln going back to Indy) to provide infielder depth on the bench. By sending Harrison down first instead of Ciriaco, the Pirates can bring him back sooner and the team will have only two days — July 1 and 2 in Washington — in which it’s short an infielder. By sending Harrison down first, the Pirates are actually showing he figures in their long-term plans this season. Ciriaco, not so much.



  1. Arthur John says:

    This is the best explanation of this exciting news I have read yet.

  2. Bill P says:

    If you’re going to replace Harrison with d’Arnaud, and then in 10 days replace d’Arnaud with Harrison, what’s the point of bringing him up at all? I don’t see how carrying four short-stops for any given period of time is a good idea.

  3. Buccoboy says:

    Nicely done, Rob.

  4. JasonBayYouAreRidiculous says:

    I understand the logic and it does make some sense, but aren’t the Pirates getting a little too cute with these moves? It’s obvious that Pedro Ciriaco is not meant to be on this team going forward. Why not just demote him right now? He’s not doing anything constructive for the team right now. The 10 day rule won’t apply if Harrison isn’t demoted in the first place.

    Also, I don’t like the idea of adding Alex Presley just for the 3-game series in Toronto. Why not give Overbay the start at 1B that series. You never know maybe he’ll break out of his slump in familiar territory. DH Jones that series. Why waste an option on Presley for a 3-game series.

  5. cmat0829 says:

    I think the reason Ciriaco goes down now is that when Presley is called up on Tuesday, it is to STAY on the roster and he won’t be sent down when the necessary call-up of Brad Lincoln on July 2 occurs to start one game of that doubleheader. So what they are going to do is use the back-up infielder slot, Harrison/D’Arnaud, to facilitate the Lincoln call-up. If you kept Harrison up until the July 2 call-up of Lincoln, then you couldn’t recall Harrison until after the All-Star Break (due to the 10-day rule on calling players back up from AAA demotion). Net: Ciriaco done with Pittsburgh this year. Presley up to stay. D’Arnaud gets a look but goes down next weekend and Harrison returns when Lincoln is sent down to Indy after his start. The next move would be to release or trade Overbay when Pearce is ready to come off the DL.

  6. Paul says:

    @JasonBayYouAreRidiculous your right about the Pirates getting to cute and this series of moves has Clint Hurdle’s finger prints all over it. The knock on him in Colorado was his tendency to over-manage especially with regards to the how he handled the top of his lineup and we’re seeing that notion validated here in Pittsburgh again.

    54 different lineups in 74 games, this constant roster juggling for no apparent reason… Honestly Hurdle’s an improvement over the last three managers in many ways but this is not one of them.

  7. Mike C says:

    Instead of Pedro C lets sign Jagr to sit in his spot on the bench…

  8. Anthony J says:

    I like cmat0829’s idea

  9. Sec.143RowMSeat24 says:

    @ JasonBayYouAreRidiculous

    Mr. Biertempfel stated D’Arnaud, Presley or a releiver could be sent down, didn’t say D’Arnaud or Presley would be. I seriously doubt either of them would be sent down especially Presley after only a 3 game series.

  10. JasonBayYouAreRidiculous says:


    He didn’t say that, but there’s no way a NL roster can support six outfielders. McCutchen, Tabata, Paul, Diaz, Jones, and Presley. The only way we keep Presley in the majors after the Toronto series is we DFA an outfielder or Lyle Overbay, then moves Jones to first permanently.

    Also, check out all the guys coming off the DL in July:

    Alvarez, well late July

    Unless Alex Presley tears it up this next week, he’ll be back in AAA

  11. Rich_in_Madison says:

    Seriously, I think people are just so used to griping about the Pirates that they just do it out of habit. I mean, how can one get

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