David Freese’s strained right hamstring hasn’t improved as quickly as it was once expected, and the Pittsburgh Pirates finally dropped the towel on him, and placed the third baseman in the 10-day disabed list.
Freese was injured during the Chicago Cubs’ contest on Monday and he hasn’t played since. This has resulted in a sensible loss for Clint Hurdle’s side, as he is one of the best batters of the club. He has a slash line of .321/.418/.536, along with three home runs, five runs scored, 10 runs batted in, 10 walks and eight strikeouts in 18 games.
His spot in the roster will be taken by Danny Ortiz, an outfielder, who was called up from the Pirates’ Triple-A branch.
Ortiz hasn’t played well in the minors this campaign, currently holding on to a slash line of .217/.266/.233 across 17 games. He has only managed 13 hits in 60 at-bats and only one of them has been an extra-base hit. The outfielder also has four runs scored and three runs batted in.
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Francisco Cervelli smashed his first triple of the year on Friday. The catcher accumulates 10 triples in his MLB career, numbers that have him placed second amongst Venezuelan catchers, equaling Henry Blanco and only behind Yorvit Torrealba, who managed 12 triples during his whole MLB career.