The Pittsburgh Pirates placed first baseman Colin Moran on the 10-day injured list on Thursday. To take his place on the active roster, they have recalled outfielder Jared Oliva.
#Pirates 1B Colin Moran is headed to the 10-day IL. Derek Shelton says a CT scan revealed a small fracture in his hand. Moran was HBP in the first game of the series vs. Colorado.
OF Jared Oliva is up from Triple-A.
— Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) July 1, 2021
Moran has been out since getting hit by a pitch on Monday, which caused a small fracture. Oliva missed the start of the season due to an oblique injury and he has struggled in 15 games with Indianapolis since coming back. He’s currently hitting .167/.231/.229 in 48 at-bats this season. The Pirates brought him up at the end of last year and he played six games, going 3-for-16 at the plate. The only other 40-man option at Indianapolis was Cole Tucker. While he was doing better than Oliva (.688 OPS in 26 games for Tucker), Tucker struggled in the majors earlier this year, so without clearing roster space, there wasn’t a good option available to replace Moran. The only other positions players on the 40-man roster are with Altoona, Oneil Cruz and Rodolfo Castro.