Pie joins Pirates — and it’s not Traynor.
The veteran outfielder has been binding his time in Indianapolis, watching a procession of younger players ride to Pittsburgh shuttle.
On Wednesday, it was finally time for Felix to get his piece of the Pie.
Pardon the pun — but the Bucs called up Felix Pie from the Indians this morning, and immediately installed him as the leadoff hitter and left fielder for the series finale against the Padres.
The need for help arose with Starling Marte still nursing a bruised right-hand, and being joined in the trainer’s room by Jose Tabata — he complained of tendinitis in the left knee following Tuesday night’s game.
Marte and Tabata may both be available off the bench Wednesday.
“But why push it from a starting position?” manager Clint Hurdle reasoned. “That’s why Pie is here.”
Pie came with a .251 average in 105 games with the Indians — and 38 steals, which had him fourth in the International League.
“The kid’s full of energy and effort, and has experience. The last month, his swing has started to play better,” Hurdle said.
Pie: “I can play defense, hit, steal a base — I’ll do the best I can.”
The 28-year-old Dominican makes his return on the second anniversary of his last Major League appearance: On Aug. 21, 2011, he was in Baltimore’s outfield for the Orioles’ game in Anaheim. That was the left-hander hitter’s 398th big-league game.