The Pirates announced that they have reinstated infielder Kevin Newman from the 60-day injured list and have optioned outfielder Bligh Madris to Triple-A Indianapolis. Additioanlly, the club returned Bryse Wilson to Triple-A after the right-hander served as the 27th man in Thursday’s doubleheader.
Newman was placed on the 10-day injured list at the end of April before being transferred to the 60-day IL in May. Prior to his injury, Newman hit .250 with a .683 OPS with four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs in 14 games to begin to 2022 season with Pittsburgh.
In 13 games with Indianapolis while rehabbing, Newman combined to hit .396 with an .892 OPS in 13 games. Newman will join the middle infield fold again with the big league club.
In 15 games with the Pirates, Madris recorded five doubles and a homer while hitting .259 with an OPS a few ticks below .700. In July, Madris is just 2 for 15 with nine strikeouts and will now see more regular playing time with Indianapolis.
Wilson tossed 6.2 strong innings in the start for the Bucs in Thursday’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds but took the loss after the Pirates defense let him down, opening the gates to a big inning for the Reds.