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Pirates Activate Ben Gamel, Yoshi Tsutsugo; Option Tucupita Marcano, Hoy Park

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The Pirates announced that they have activated outfielder Ben Gamel and first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo off the injured list and have optioned infielders Tucupita Marcano and Hoy Park to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Gamel has performed well in his 45 games with the Pirates so far this season as evident by his 111 wRC+. He has seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 17 runs driven in. In eight rehab games, Gamel hit .226 with a double and a homer.

Tsutsugo is back with the Bucs after landing on the injured list back on May 26. The first baseman struggled with the Pirates prior to his injury as his average sits at just .177. More alarming for Tsutsugo was that his power has essentially been non-existent with a .080 ISO and only two homers in 35 games.

The 30-year-old produced at the plate on his rehab assignment hitting .440 with a 1.316 OPS with two homers, 12 RBIs and has walked nine times in nine games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

In 22 games with the Pirates this season, the 22-year-old Marcano owns a .229/.280/.357 slash line with three doubles and a pair of homers. Since being activated off the Covid-IL, Marcano is hitless in three games, a span of nine at-bats and has punched out four times.

Park has a .229 batting average with a .661 OPS with a pair of doubles and a pair of homers in 22 games with Pittsburgh. Park has struggled defensively this season, as he has minus-five defensive runs saved between his time at second base, third base, shortstop and right field.

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