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Pirates Send Roansy Contreras to Triple-A; Reinstate Ke’Bryan Hayes

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Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Roansy Contreras heads to the dugout after being pulled in the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned the struggling Roansy Contreras to Triple-A Indianapolis and have reinstated third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes off the 10-day injured list.

It has been a rough season for the 23-year-old Contreras, who took the loss in Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after allowing four runs on a pair of homers in a single inning of relief.

Contreras has struggled for much of the season, prompting the Pirates to move him to the bullpen in hopes he could work through his issues as the big league level.

The right-hander is 3-7 with a 6.39 ERA across 19 appearances (11 starts). His fastball velocity and strikeouts are down significantly from last season while his walks have climbed.

Now, Contreras will head to Indianapolis where he will look to regain his 2022 form. Last year, he finished the season 5-5 with a 3.79 ERA.

As for Hayes, he rejoins the Pirates after landing on the injured list with lower back inflammation.

Hayes has appeared in 74 games this season with Pittsburgh and has hit .254 with a .668 OPS while leading the major leagues with five triples.

Defensively, Hayes has been as sure-handed as ever with 10 defensive runs saved and a .986 fielding percentage at the hot corner.

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