The Pirates have optioned infielder Jordy Mercer to Triple-A Indianapolis and have recalled @neilwalker18 from rehab and reinstated from DL
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 13, 2013
“The Pittsburgh Kid” Neil Walker returns to the Pirates lineup after lacerating his right hand on April 26th. The 27-year-old second baseman hit .253/.352/.342 in 23 games before his injury.
In the corresponding move, Jordy Mercer has been sent back to Triple-A Indianapolis. He went 8-for-31 with two doubles and eight home runs in nine games since Friday, May 3rd. Bucco fans are disappointed by this move, to say the least.
Obviously it’s good to see Neil back, but sending Mercer out hurts the club. The Pirates could either send Jordy back to Indy (as they did), or keep him on the roster & cut someone from their surplus of old, light-hitting infielders, like John McDonald. McDonald, dubbed “The Prime Minister of Defense,” has two hits in 30 at-bats, posting a -0.5 WAR. There’s no doubt Mercer can help the club more than McDonald right now, but the main argument is that he will see regular at-bats in AAA rather than splitting time in Pittsburgh.
Either way you slice it, the Bucs likely don’t have the best 25 players on the roster right now (and it goes beyond this move). But at the end of the day, it’s a business, and we are all just fans with no say in the matter.
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