Just in time for a three-game showdown with the second-place Cardinals in St. Louis, the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday called up slugging right fielder Andrew Lambo from “AAA” Indianapolis.
The 25 year-old left-handed hitter was leading all minor leaguers with 31 home runs (for Indianapolis and for “AA” Altooona), and has driven in 97 runs in 117 games. He was batting a combined .284.
To make room for Lambo, outfielder Alex Presley was optioned to Indianapolis. Presley was hitting .264 in 29 games for the Pirates.
In another personnel move, Pittsburgh signed veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach, and assigned him to “AAA” Indianapolis, apparently intending to activate him when roster are expanded on September 1.
Shoppach was a second-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2001. Last year, he played for both the Red Sox and the New York Mets. He batted .196 with the Seattle Mariners in 35 games earlier this year, and was released on June 20. Signed by the Washington Nationals organization, he hit .219 for the Nats’ “AAA” club in Syracuse.
Shoppach has a career batting average of .379 as a pinch-hitter, and has thrown out a full 30 percent of the runners who have tried to steal base against him.