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.