IMPORTANT: This is not yet an official move. This news was found on Twitter. However, both of the sources below seem reputable. Hiram Torraca is an editor of a newspaper in Puerto Rico.
Freese has been sidelined since the 24th with a hamstring injury. He will be able to be activated on May 5th. Since the Pirates took so long to send him to the DL, Id imagine they will be able to activate him on the 5th as his injury doesn’t seem to be serious.
Danny Ortiz is a 27 year old outfielder. He was signed in 2015 as a minor league free agent. He will add another left handed bat off the bench for the Pirates that can play outfield. His career numbers aren’t anything special, but neither are Gift Ngoepe’s and look what he is doing. My guess is he will not receive any starts, and is strictly depth.
Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after he violated the league’s Joint Drug Agreement. He tested positive for nandrolone, a performance enhancing substance.
This obviously is a huge setback for the Pirates. The Pirates good bring up Austin Meadows, Danny Ortiz, or Jose Osuna. Regardless of who they choose to go with, losing Marte is a major setback.
It will be interesting to see if the Pirates decide to move McCutchen back to centerfield, or if they try Polanco.
This morning, a report from Korea has mentioned that Jung-Ho Kang has been denied his work visa.
It was never expected that Jung-Ho Kang would be ready in time for opening day, but now it appears he may not be able to play in 2017 at all.
Obviously, this is bad news already. But to make matters worse it is reported that he might have actually gotten another DUI in a third country. That would mean that his DUI this winter was actually his 4th DUI, which would be a disaster for his chances of returning to the MLB. This report has not been confirmed yet.
For the Pirates, this means that David Freese will become the starting third baseman. This should open up additional playing time for Adam Frazier, Phil Gosselin, Alen Hanson, and Josh Harrison.