Aug. 8: The Pirates launched Tsutsugo over the weekend, per the team’s transactions log at MLB.com.
Aug. 3: The Pirates have designated first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo for project and recalled infielder Tucupita Marcano to take his spot on the roster, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette reports.
Tsutsugo, 30, returned to the Bucs on a one-year deal after a big finish down the stretch with them in 2021. The previous NPB slugger wasn’t in a position to replicate the manufacturing he gave Pittsburgh final August and September, nonetheless, limping to a .171/.249/.229 slash with simply two homers and 4 doubles in 193 plate appearances this season. Because the Pirates more and more flip the roster over to youthful skills who they hope will comprise their subsequent aggressive core, nonetheless, Tsutsugo more and more appeared as if his time with the crew was dwindling.
With the commerce deadline within the rearview mirror, the one choices for the Bucs now are to put Tsutsugo on outright waivers or launch waivers. Provided that he’s nonetheless owed about $1.4MM of this season’s $4MM wage, he’ll assuredly go unclaimed on waivers both method.
The 22-year-old Marcano, acquired from the Padres alongside Jack Suwinski in final 12 months’s Adam Frazier commerce, will get one other alternative to determine himself on the recreation’s prime stage. He’s hit simply .229/.280/.357 with the Pirates this 12 months, however that’s been in simply 78 plate appearances. Marcano is sitting on a .319/.417/.475 slash that he’s put collectively between Double-A and Triple-Some time showing at 4 defensive positions (second base, shortstop, third base, left subject).