The Pirates announced this afternoon that Alex Presley is being demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis and that Evan Meek will be recalled to take his place on the roster for now. There’s an awful lot of immediate snark at the Pirates calling up a bullpen arm to replace a bat, but I’m guessing that this will be a very short-term move. Considering that the bullpen threw four innings on Sunday, Kevin Correia didn’t make it out of the fourth inning last night, and Brad Lincoln’s currently unavailable since he started on Monday, and the team doesn’t have an off-day for a week, it makes sense that they feel like they need an extra arm for now.
I’m guessing that at the end of the week, either Meek or another pitcher will be demoted/DFA’d and the Pirates will be bring a bat up (probably Jake Fox) in time for the interleague series against the Tigers this weekend. As for Presley, well, he’s struggled a ton lately (12 strikeouts in 40 May plate appearances) and he looks completely lost at the plate. Something had to happen, and sending him to Triple-A to get sorted out is probably just the first step.