Needing lefty, Pirates recall Presley

Needing lefty, Pirates recall Presley

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates optioned right-hander Phil Irwin back to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled outfielder Alex Presley.

In seven games with Indianapolis this season, Presley hit .357 (10-for-28) with two doubles, a home run, two RBIs and a .400 on-base percentage. He reached base in all seven games, hitting safely in six, and went 2-for-4 on Saturday in his last game.

Presley played well in Spring Training, but he did not come north with the team. Though disappointed, he put in the work to get back to the Major Leagues.

"I'm definitely pleased to be back," Presley said. "I just went down in the spring and worked on some stuff and played well. That was the goal, to get back, and it feels good to be back."

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talked about his plans for Presley.

"What we did was, we looked at the schedule," Hurdle said. "All right-handed pitchers, with the exception of Paul Maholm, who is not a traditional left-on-left. How we want to set our bench and how we want to set in game decisions, we thought we were stronger with another left-handed bat and speed, leading off an inning, maybe spot Starling Marte for a day. We just thought Presley could bring more right now."

George Von Benko is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.