The Pittsburgh Pirates activated third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes from the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Infielder Kevin Padlo was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Hayes is back at third base for the Bucs ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Braves at PNC Park and will bat third.
Hayes was placed on the IL on Aug. 16 (retroactive to Aug. 13) with a mid-back muscle strain. Hayes spent the minimum 10 days on the shelf for Pittsburgh.
“This is what I do for a living,” Hayes said. “It sucked being out, having to watch all those games.”
In 103 games on the year, Hayes has slashed .251/.323/.358 with 18 doubles, six home runs and 13 steals. Despite spending time on the injured list, Hayes still is tied for the league lead with 16 defensive runs saved.
After being recalled from Indianapolis when Hayes was placed on the IL, Padlo went hitless in 11 at-bats across three games. The 26-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Mariners earlier this month.
Additionally, catcher José Godoy was outrighted to Indianapolis after clearing waivers. Godoy was designated for assignment by the club Sunday.