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Nursing sore right foot, Meadows pinch-hits

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PITTSBURGH -- Austin Meadows, continuing to nurse a sore right foot, was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Tuesday. With the Pirates trailing by two, he came in as a pinch-hitter and struck out with a pair of runners in scoring position to end the seventh inning in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers at PNC Park.

Meadows fouled a ball off the top of his right foot during his first at-bat against the Reds on Sunday afternoon, but he stayed in for the duration of the game. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said on Tuesday that Meadows was unavailable for Monday's game due to the foot injury.

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PITTSBURGH -- Austin Meadows, continuing to nurse a sore right foot, was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Tuesday. With the Pirates trailing by two, he came in as a pinch-hitter and struck out with a pair of runners in scoring position to end the seventh inning in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers at PNC Park.

Meadows fouled a ball off the top of his right foot during his first at-bat against the Reds on Sunday afternoon, but he stayed in for the duration of the game. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said on Tuesday that Meadows was unavailable for Monday's game due to the foot injury.

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"I'm good," Meadows said earlier on Tuesday. "[Monday] was just kind of the worst day because it was the day after. But today it's in a much better spot."

Video: MIL@PIT: Jeffress K's Meadows to preserve the lead

Meadows said he was able to run, take batting practice and resume normal activities on Tuesday.

The outfielder was voted the National League Rookie of Month for May and has played in 26 games since being called up on May 18. He entered Tuesday slashing .326/.351/.598 with three stolen bases, five home runs and 11 RBIs.

The Pirates have been utilizing a four-man outfield since Meadows' callup. Corey Dickerson started in left field on Tuesday, with Starling Marte in center and Gregory Polanco in right.

Moran continues to bat in cleanup spot
Rookie third baseman Colin Moran batted fourth in the Pirates' lineup on Tuesday for the eighth time in the last nine games. Moran found himself in the bottom half of the lineup early this season, batting sixth or seventh in a collective 43 starts.

When asked what he liked about having him bat cleanup, Hurdle praised Moran's ability to handle the transition and willingness to hit anywhere in the lineup.

"I think Colin's got some maturity to his hitting awareness, his application," Hurdle said. "I didn't think he'd be a guy that would be overly fazed by the position or the number. We had a conversation; he seemed to actually embrace it."

Moran recently expressed similar sentiments when asked about the move.

"I like it. I like hitting anywhere in the lineup. It really doesn't matter," Moran said. "There's different responsibilities for different guys in the lineup, I guess, but for the most part, after the first time up, everybody's hitting whenever, so it doesn't matter too much."

Through his first previous seven games batting in the cleanup spot, Moran had three singles, a double and two home runs in 24 at-bats. He has posted an overall slash line of .273/.358/.434 this season and shown the ability to produce regardless of where he's batting in the lineup.

"I think he's also got the mentality that he doesn't need to go in and change anything to get the job done there," Hurdle said. "He's really been quite steadfast in his approach wherever he's hit in the lineup."

Video: CIN@PIT: Moran homers for 2nd-straight game

Pirates sign three more MLB Draft picks
The Pirates signed 2018 Draft selections Jack Herman, Cody Smith and Jake Mielock on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh chose Herman, an outfielder from Eastern High School (N.J.), in the 30th round. The organization took right-handers Smith, from Charleston Southern University, and Mielock, from Colorado Mesa University, in the 39th and 40th rounds, respectively. All three will begin their professional careers with the Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.

The Bucs have now signed 27 of the their 41 draftees from the 2018 Draft.

Mason Wittner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.

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