Pirates send Tucker down to Triple-A, make other roster moves

The INF/OF was batting .173 in Pittsburgh
; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker (3) loses his balance as he strikes out in the seventh inning
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker (3) loses his balance as he strikes out in the seventh inning Photo credit © Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates made a series of moves ahead of the start of a four game series against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.

Infielder/outfielder Cole Tucker has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after beginning the season with the Bucs. Infielder Rodolfo Castro has been called up to fill out the 40-man roster.

Also, the Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

To make room on the roster, the Pirates designated right-hand pitcher Beau Sulser for assignment.

Tucker, who recently said he was going to stop being a switch-hitter and focus on batting lefty.

“I’m tired of getting the bat shoved up my butt right-handed, bluntly,” Tucker said Tuesday.  “I just want to give myself the best chance I can to succeed, right now I feel that is left-handed.  The game will tell me and show me if that is right or wrong.  I want to give it a shot.  I feel good and I feel stable behind the ball left-handed.”

Tucker was batting .175 with 11 hits, two RBI and an OPS of .397. He’s committed two errors at short stop.

It is Cole’s last remaining option to be sent down to the minors.

In 29 games for the Indians this season, Castro is batting .250 with 23 hits, two home runs, 12 RBI and an OPS of .799.

Castro played in 31 games for the Pirates in 2021, batting .198 with 17 hits, five home runs, eight RBI and an OPS of .653. He struck out 27 times over 86 at bats.

Castro’s first three hits in the Major Leagues were home runs.