The Pirates placed infielder Steve Pearce and catcher Ryan Doumit on the 15-day disabled list Monday after Pearce felt soreness in his right calf Saturday and Doumit sprained his ankle Sunday in a home-plate collision with Carlos Pena.
In their place, the Pirates have called up catcher Dusty Brown and infielder Josh Harrison from Triple-A Indianapolis. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates also moved right-handed starter Ross Ohlendorf from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
"I really didn't have a reaction, I just had a smile," Harrison said before his first game as a Major Leaguer. "It didn't really hit me; it's still hitting me now. It was an exciting moment."
Prior to going on the DL, Doumit had split time with Chris Snyder at catcher and was hitting .269 with a .333 on-base percentage, four home runs and 15 RBIs. Manager Clint Hurdle said he expects to use Brown as Snyder's backup, and that he will fill in for Snyder at some point during the Pirates' four-game series against the Mets.
Brown will be making his Bucs debut after playing in 14 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and '10. Though he is known primarily as a defensive catcher, he was batting .263 with an impressive .883 OPS in 30 games at Indianapolis.
"He's a blue-collar kid, works hard, spent a lot of time [in Spring Training] developing relationships with the pitchers," Hurdle said. "His pedigree was more as a catch-throw guy. The last season in Triple-A, he developed some offensive skills that a lot of people had seen before, which made him more attractive to us."
Hurdle said Harrison will most likely see time at third base, where he will play behind Brandon Wood. Pearce and Wood had split time at the hot corner since regular starter Pedro Alvarez went down with a right quadriceps injury May 20.
Harrison comes to the Pirates ranked fifth in the International League in batting average at .321. Hurdle described Harrison a person of strong character from a "great family background."
"He's a great kid with a lot of energy," Hurdle said. "He's the kind of guy who can move the ball around, hits it hard where it's pitched. He can bunt and hit-and-run. He's a ballplayer."