Charlie Morton's Gain Is Matt Hague's Loss
Price, Karen, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
SAN FRANCISCO -- The move was expected. The player moved was not.
The Pirates reinstated pitcher Charlie Morton from the disabled list Saturday in time to make his first start of the season last night against the San Francisco Giants.
In doing so, the Pirates had to make room on their 25-man roster. The team opted to send bench player Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis rather than reserve infielders Josh Harrison or Yamaico Navarro, despite Hague having shown so much offensively in spring training.
General manager Neal Huntington said it could have been any of the three, but it was Hague.
"It was a tough choice because we had a lot of options to keep guys on the club for various reasons," Huntington said. "As we looked at the next stretch of starting pitchers, the next stretch of what was going to give (manager Clint Hurdle) the best versatility to win that night's game, the defensive versatility and flexibility of Harrison and Navarro on the bench will allow Clint to make maneuvers that he needs to during the game."
Huntington noted the number of right-handers the Pirates will face in the next few series and said he does not consider this a long-term move for Hague. Hurdle also said that roster spot could be one that changes frequently based on need.
"Yamaico and Josh just have a little bit more experience (playing the bench role) than Matt, more in-game flexibility," Hurdle said. …