Pirates option Andrew Lambo back to AAA Indianapolis

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Jeff Locke lasted just two innings in Saturday’s 15-5 loss to the Diamondbacks, so the Pirates had to do some roster shuffling on Sunday to bolster their tired bullpen. Andrew Lambo was one of the casualties.

Lambo, a talented 25-year-old outfielder and still the home run leader this year in the minor leagues, was officially optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis to oepn up a 25-man roster spot for the arrival of left-handed reliever Kris Johnson. Mike McKenry was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding procedural move.

Lambo tallied just one hit — an RBI double — in his four-game stay with the NL Central-leading Pirates.

He has a .926 OPS, 31 homers and 97 RBI in 117 games this year between Double-A and Triple-A.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.