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Pirates designate Travis Ishikawa for assignment to make room for Ike Davis

Apr 19, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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The Pirates announced this afternoon that they have designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment in order to make room for Ike Davis on the active roster. Davis, who was acquired from the Mets yesterday, will start at first base tonight against the Brewers and bat sixth against Matt Garza.

Ishikawa made Pittsburgh’s Opening Day roster out of spring training, but he hit just .206 (7-for-34) with one home run and an 11/3 K/BB ratio over 15 games.

The Pirates appear likely to move forward with a platoon at first base. While Davis should receive regular at-bats against right-handers, Gaby Sanchez figures to still see playing time against southpaws.

  1. musketmaniac - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Good luck Travis, Welcome aboard Ike.

  2. NYTolstoy - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I remember seeing Travis when he was with the Giants and I’m surprised he was still in the big leads. Glad the Pirates actually made a move to improve there ball club with Ike

  3. mazblast - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    When Ike Davis is an upgrade, you know you have a bad situation. It’s a worthwhile gamble by my Pirates, though–if the Ike of a couple of years ago, a serviceable player overall and a power bat, shows up.

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