Presley, McPherson up — and in (postseason pic)
The Pirates’ roster for a possible postseason appearance came into surprising focus Friday, when the club recalled from Indianapolis outfielder Alex Presley and right-handed starter Kyle McPherson.
To make room for them on the 25-man roster, infielder Chase d’Arnaud was optioned to Bradenton and first baseman Jeff Clement was outrighted to the same Single-A club.
Rosters for postseason eligibility are frozen at 11:59 p.m. on August 31. The move with Clement frees a spot on the 40-man roster, leaving open the possibility for general manager Neal Huntington to make another move prior to that deadline.
Presley returns for his third stint with the Pirates. He has hit .234 in 77 games, the most recent on Aug. 7.
McPherson made a brief, impressive Major League debut on Aug. 22 in San Diego, shutting out the Padres for two innings on one hit, with two strikeouts.
d’Arnaud did not appear in a game following his recall from Indianapolis on Tuesday, the day after second baseman Neil Walker had been shelved by lower-back tightness.
Clement was 0-for-6, in one start and other pinch-hitting appearances, after being called up from Indianapolis a week ago.