Felix Pie will bring speed and some contact hitting to the Pirates, though not much else.
SAN DIEGO — No time for formalities. Why was outfielder Felix Pie called up Wednesday to join the Pirates’ roster?
“We felt he was our best available option,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “With Travis [Snider] being on the DL, Alex Presley and Andrew Lambo in limbo with the 10-day window, as we looked to try to re-balance with [Starling] Marte’s hand, we wanted to go with the best available outfielder.
“Felix would come up here, certainly play defense, good baserunner. He swung the bat very well in Spring Training, has swung it okay at various times this year. We felt like he was our best option” to give manager Clint Hurdle 25 players to win Wednesday’s road game against the Padres.
By The Numbers
Wednesday marks exactly two years to the day of Pie’s last Major League appearance, starting as left fielder for the Baltimore Orioles in Anaheim. Now Pie returns to a Southern Calif...