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Pirates option Andrew Lambo back to AAA Indianapolis

Aug 18, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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Jeff Locke lasted just two innings in Saturday’s 15-5 loss to the Diamondbacks, so the Pirates had to do some roster shuffling on Sunday to bolster their tired bullpen. Andrew Lambo was one of the casualties.

Lambo, a talented 25-year-old outfielder and still the home run leader this year in the minor leagues, was officially optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis to oepn up a 25-man roster spot for the arrival of left-handed reliever Kris Johnson. Mike McKenry was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding procedural move.

Lambo tallied just one hit — an RBI double — in his four-game stay with the NL Central-leading Pirates.

He has a .926 OPS, 31 homers and 97 RBI in 117 games this year between Double-A and Triple-A.

  1. 13arod - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Keep him on roster with those numbers

  2. romoscollarbone - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    It’s crazy that in MLB being 25 is young and in the NFL you’re already a 4-5 yr vet. If the guy has 31 HRs in the minors what else does he have to prove. Leave him at the show and let him work.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      25 is not really young in the MLB. If you aren’t an everyday player or even up in the majors on the bench by the time you are 25, these players are generally considered as AAAA, career minor leaguers.

  3. themanchine - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Don’t we have the worst RF numbers in MLB?
    Why is the mashing 25 yr old OF back to AAA?

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