PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates recalled outfielder/first baseman Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Right-hander Gerrit Cole, whose next scheduled start comes on Monday, after the active rosters expand to 40 players, was temporarily optioned to Bristol of the Rookie League to make room.
The Bucs are dealing with injuries to both first baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Travis Snider, making Lambo a helpful addition to the bench.
"We have two left-handed hitters [who might not] be available this weekend," manager Clint Hurdle said. "[Lambo has] continued to work hard to get ready for an opportunity, and it's presented itself now."
Lambo soon had an opportunity to make an impact. Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, he reached on a single and scored the game-tying run in the 2-1 win.
In 61 games for Indianapolis this season, Lambo, 26, hit .328 with 11 homers, 42 RBIs and a .952 OPS. He had six home runs in his last eight games before the promotion, touting a 1.326 OPS in that time. He made his Major League debut for the Bucs last season, hitting .233 in 18 games between August and September.
Cole will be activated before Monday's afternoon contest in St. Louis to make his third start since coming off the disabled list. In two starts since straining his lat on July 4, he has a 2.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.