PITTSBURGH -- About an hour after defeating the first-place Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Monday afternoon, the Pirates announced their intention to instantly make their active roster about 25 percent larger.
The Bucs said they planned to add seven players to the Major League club on the day that regular-season play in the Minor Leagues officially ended. Pittsburgh recalled infielder Pedro Ciriaco, catcher Jason Jaramillo and pitchers Brad Lincoln and Justin Thomas from Triple-A Indianapolis, and intends to select the contracts of outfielders Alex Presley and Brandon Moss and pitchers Brian Bass and Steven Jackson from Indianapolis.
Manager John Russell was not available after announcing the moves, many of which were expected.
Lincoln, the team's No. 1 pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, went 1-4 in nine starts with the Bucs this summer. The right-hander might be an option to take over Jeff Karstens' spot in the rotation. Karstens has been scratched from two of his past three starts with arm fatigue, although Brian Burres filled in admirably in Monday's victory over Atlanta.
Presley was hitting .323 with 12 home runs, 84 RBIs and 13 triples in 135 games split between Double-A Altoona and Indianapolis this season, zooming his way up the list of Pirates prospects. He and Moss, the everyday right fielder last season, join an already-crowded outfield that had seen four different players start in right field over the past four games.
Ciriaco, 24, was acquired from the D-backs in the Chris Snyder trade on July 31. Jaramillo spent most of the past two seasons as Pittsburgh's backup catcher, and Jackson and Thomas have each spent time in the Pirates' bullpen previously this season.
To clear the necessary space on the 40-man roster, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and first baseman Jeff Clement will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The club will also designate for assignment second baseman Aki Iwamura and catcher Erik Kratz.
All had played for Pittsburgh at some point this season, with Clement and Iwamura in the Opening Day lineup. Clement hit .201 with seven home runs in 144 at bats.