The Pirates have made the Oneil Cruz and Bligh Madris call up official. To make room for both Cruz and Madris, the Pirates have optioned Liover Peguero to Triple-A Indianapolis and placed RHP Zach Thompson on the 15-day IL.
Due to Marcano still on the COVID IL, the Pirates did not have to DFA anyone to make room for Madris on the 40-man roster. Both Madris and Cruz are in the Pirates Monday lineup.
Madris is batting 7th and manning right-field and Cruz is batting 6th and playing shortstop.
Cruz on the 2022 season is slashing .232/.336/.422 with an OPS of .758 in 211 at-bats. Madris on the 2022 season is slashing .304/.385/.519 with an OPS of .904 in 158 at-bats.
As first pitch approaches, the excitement and buildup for both player’s debuts is palpable. Will they live up to the hype Monday night?