The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed a pair of key players on the 10-day injured list in Andrew McCutchen (right elbow inflammation) and Ke’Bryan Hayes (low back inflammation). McCutchen’s IL stint is retroactive to July 6.
McCutchen, who has been battling a nagging right elbow injury this season, appeared to have aggravated it in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. McCutchen hit the ground after nearly being hit with a pitch and grabbed for his right arm.
McCutchen has had a resurgence in this first season back in Pittsburgh. In 74 games on the year, McCutchen is hitting .268 with an .808 OPS and 10 home runs.
For Hayes, he was only activated yesterday off of the 10-day injured list with low back inflammation and lands back on the shelf with the same injury.
Hayes manned third base for the entire game on Thursday night against the Dodgers and went 0 for 3 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts.
To take the places of McCutchen and Hayes on the active roster, the club reinstated Ji-Man Choi off of the 60-day injured list and recalled Cody Bolton from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Choi appeared in nine games with the Pirates prior to landing on the IL with a strain of the left Achilles tendon. Choi was 4 for 32 with a double and two home runs for the Pirates prior to his injury.
The 32-year-old completed a rehab assignment in which he hit .323 with a 1.146 OPS, three home runs and nine RBIs in nine games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A.
Bolton has been up and down between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis several times this season. In six games, the right-hander owns an ERA of 11.00 across 9.0 innings pitched with the Pirates.
Additionally, left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny was reinstated off the 15-day injured list and was designated for assignment, clearing a 40-man roster spot for Choi.