Hague makes room for Morton
In what is certain to be an unpopular move among the team’s fans, the Pirates cleared roster room for right-hander Charlie Morton by optioning infielder Matt Hague to Class AAA Indianapolis.
An infielder was certain to surrender his spot on the 25-man roster to Morton — who is coming off the DL to fasce the Giants tonight — but the likelier choice appeared to be either Josh Harrison or Yamaico Navarro. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez, struggling with 10 strikeouts in 16 at-bats compared to only one hit, also seemed more likely to go than Hague.
In his first week as a Major Leaguer, Hague was 1-for-9, with two strikeouts.