PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates on Saturday recalled Matt Hague from Indianapolis and optioned catcher Eric Fryer to the Triple-A club.
The move gives the Bucs some added right-handed punch on the bench after Fryer had been kept in reserve as a third catcher while Rod Barajas nursed a bone bruise on his left knee.
This is the third big league stint of the season for Hague, who was on the Opening Day roster until being optioned for the first time in mid-April. The corner infielder rejoined the Pirates on May 25 and returned to Indianapolis a month later when the club needed his spot on the 25-man roster for Fryer.
In a total of 28 games with the Pirates, Hague is batting .235 with seven RBIs in 68 at-bats. Between the two Minor League detours, the 26-year-old corner infielder hit .285 in 44 games at Indianapolis and drove in 27 runs.
Fryer made one defensive appearance during his stay and went 1-for-3 as a pinch-hitter. He made his Major League debut with the Pirates last season.