After it had been reported that the Pirates were calling up 2018 first-rounder Travis Swaggerty from Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates needed to make move to get him on the 26-man roster. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that the Bucs will option infielder Rodolfo Castro.
In 21 games with the Pirates this season, Castro is hitting .197 with a .565 OPS, two doubles, a triple, and a homer. Castro has seen the bulk of his action come at shortstop, where the 23-year-old has committed five errors.
There was also a situation in Saturday’s win over the Diamondbacks where Castro didn’t run out a routine popup. Arizona’s first baseman Christian Walker let the ball drop, resulting in a double play.
The Pirates will now be carrying four true outfielders on their roster with Swaggerty, Bryan Reynolds, Jack Suwinski and Cal Mitchell. Tucupita Marcano has also played quite a bit in left field, but could now transition to the infield, where Marcano has spent the bulk of his career.