Pirates Place Phillip Evans on Injured List; Add Will Craig to Active Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed utility player Phillip Evans on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain, which occurred in yesterday’s game. To take his place on the active roster, the Pirates have selected the contract of first baseman Will Craig. To make room on the 40-man roster, Sean Poppen has been designated for assignment.

Evans started off strong this season, but that lasted about a week before he fell off. He’s hitting .216/.326/.351 in 32 games, with a .466 OPS in his last 23 games.

Craig started off slow in Indianapolis, then homered three times in the last two days. He had two stints in the majors last year and ended up playing just two games, going 0-for-4 at the plate, so he should get a better look this time. This stay he may only last until Colin Moran can return next week, assuming he’s back in (or close to) the minimum amount of time. Craig is in the starting lineup tonight batting eighth.

Poppen allowed seven runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings over three appearances for the Pirates this season. He has made two appearances with Indianapolis this year, giving up two runs in four innings.

There’s also word from Jason Mackey that Miguel Yajure is on the way, though nothing was announced yet today

On the minor league side, the Pirates moved Ethan Paul to Triple-A from Altoona and Connor Kaiser was assigned to Pirate City for the developmental group/Extended Spring Training.

Cody Bolton was placed on the 60-day IL. That’s not a surprise since he was scheduled to miss more than that amount of time due to a knee injury.