PITTSBURGH -- Drew Sutton, a member of the Pirates for a few invisible hours on May 20, is "rejoining" the team. The Bucs claimed Sutton from the Tampa Bay Rays, who had designated the infielder for assignment on Friday. Sutton had hit .271 in 18 games with the Rays after being acquired for cash considerations from the Pirates on May 21, the day after the Bucs had made a similar deal for him with the Braves. In an unrelated move, the Pirates recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis, clearing roster space by optioning shortstop Jordy Mercer to Indianapolis.
Morris beefs up the bullpen for the next couple of days, but he is expected to be returned to Indianapolis when Jeff Karstens is activated off the disabled list and rejoins the starting rotation. To open up room on the 40-man roster for Sutton, the Pirates transferred right-hander Charlie Morton to the 60-day disabled list. Morton is recovering from recent Tommy John surgery. At the time of the quick turnaround of Sutton, general manager Neal Huntington made it clear it was done to give him the instant Major League opportunity that the Rays, dealing with some injuries, could provide. When the Rays healed and Sutton's status changed, the Pirates felt fortunate to be able to add his versatile glove and switch-hitting bat. Sutton joins second baseman Neil Walker as the Bucs' only switch-hitters.