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On Friday, the Pirates dumped both players from their active roster. Ngoepe, the first African-born player in MLB, was demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Hanson, who’s out of minor league options, was designated for assignment.
To fill those spots, the Pirates brought up infielders Max Moroff and Phil Gosselin from Indy.
In 42 games with Indy, Moroff batted .269 with nine doubles, 13 home runs and 36 RBI. Moroff is tied for the International League lead in home runs and is ranked second with a .954 OPS. A 16th-round pick in 2012, Moroff hit .111 in nine games with the Pirates on May 8-12. Gosselin hit .310 with six doubles, a triple, seven RBI and 15 runs scored in 22 games with Indianapolis. He was on the opening day roster, then was sent down on May 7.
Hanson, 24, played in 36 games and batted .193 with a .483 OPS. Two of his 11 hits were triples and he went 2 for 3 in steal attempts. The Pirates signed Hanson for $90,000 in 2009 out of the Dominican Republic. In 2012, Baseball America rated him the sixth-best prospect in the Low-A South Atlantic League.
” It had been a hard road for him to get to this level with part-time play,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We still haven’t seen the tools he has come together. You see a tool here, you see a tool there. The challenge has been putting them all together.
Ngoepe, 27, played in 27 games and hit .222 with a .619 OPS.
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>>> UPDATE 6:47 p.m. — Francisco Cervelli has been scratched due to an unspecified illness. New lineup below …
>>> Friday: Pirates at Mets, 7:10 p.m., Citi Field, New York. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: Adam Frazier 7, Josh Harrison 4, Gregory Polanco 9, David Feese 5, Josh Bell 3, Andrew McCutchen 8, Jordy Mercer 6, Elias Diaz 2, RHP Gerrit Cole (2-5, 3.65)
Mets: Michael Conforto 7, Asdrubel Cabrera 6, Jay Bruce 9, Neil Walker 4, Lucas Duda 3, Wilmer Flores 5, Curtis Granderson 8, Travis d’Arnaud 2, RHP Matt Harvey (4-3, 4.95)
Gamecast: In his last outing on Sunday vs. the Pirates, Harvey worked six innings, his longest outing in six starts. He gave up one run, which matched his season low. … Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes has been out since April 27 with a hamstring injury. He hit .270/.373/.619 with six homers in 18 games before going on the disabled list. … Despite a .313 batting average, Wilmer Flores was benched on Tuesday, but manager Terry Collins will continue to give the utility infielder chances to break out from his platoon role if he improves vs. right-handed pitchers. … One week ago, Neil Walker went 3 for 5 in the Mets’ 8-1 rout of the Pirates. Walker became the first Mets batter to hit two home runs in one game at PNC Park. Five Metropolitans hit a pair at Three Rivers Stadium: Mike Piazza (April 14, 2000), John Olerud (June 29, 1997), Mark Carreon (June 17, 1990), Willie Montanez (May 24, 1978) and Dave Kingman (July 31, 1975; Sept. 10, 1975; April 18, 1976)
>>> Sunday: Pirates at Mets, 1:10 p.m., Citi Field, New York. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (2-3, 5.20) Mets: RHP Tyler Pill (0-1, 3.00)
>>> Monday: Off
>>> Tuesday: Pirates at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 2.92) Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4, 5.92)
>>> Wednesday: Pirates at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5, 6.02) Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 2.82)
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