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Dickerson activated, Frazier optioned to Triple-A

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates reinstated left fielder Corey Dickerson from the family medical emergency list on Saturday and optioned utility man Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Dickerson has been away from the team since Wednesday to attend to an ailing family member. He returned in time for Saturday's 7-2 loss to the D-backs at PNC Park, playing left field and finishing 1-for-3 at the plate.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates reinstated left fielder Corey Dickerson from the family medical emergency list on Saturday and optioned utility man Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Dickerson has been away from the team since Wednesday to attend to an ailing family member. He returned in time for Saturday's 7-2 loss to the D-backs at PNC Park, playing left field and finishing 1-for-3 at the plate.

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The Pirates called up Frazier on Wednesday to take Dickerson's spot on the roster. Frazier didn't start Thursday or Friday, but he came off the bench in both games and went 1-for-3 with a walk while playing second base.

Dickerson has been one of the Pirates' most valuable players this season, entering Saturday with a .302/.336/.453 slash line, five homers and 32 RBIs in 67 games. His outfield defense has been better than advertised, as the former Rays designated hitter ranks among the Major League leaders with six Outs Above Average, according to Statcast™.

Video: LAD@PIT: Dickerson makes a terrific sliding catch

While Dickerson has consistently hit for a high average this season, his power production has dropped off over the last month. Dickerson's last home run came on May 4.

Kuhl ready in relief

With Tyler Glasnow and Steven Brault still down after extended outings the past two days, right-hander Chad Kuhl was available as a long reliever on Saturday, manager Clint Hurdle said. Kuhl didn't pitch, however, as Richard Rodriguez picked up three innings and Michael Feliz pitched the final two frames.

Kuhl threw only 53 pitches in a six-out, eight-run outing against the D-backs on Thursday. Saturday was his scheduled day to throw a bullpen session between starts, so he was prepared to pitch anyway. But Hurdle said using Kuhl for an extended outing on Saturday likely would have ruled him out for his scheduled start on Tuesday in New York.

"Kuhl was there, but if you use Kuhl, you're probably going to have to skip him his next start in that situation to be fair to him," Hurdle said. "That's not something we wanted to do. If the game got closer, it would have been more of an opportunity to move upon in Chad's case, but not when there's separation like there was today."

Kuhl did not find any evidence that he was tipping his pitches against the D-backs on Thursday, despite initial concerns that he may have been.

Around the horn
Austin Meadows made his first Major League start in the leadoff spot on Saturday afternoon, playing right field and batting first against D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke.

Josh Harrison, the Pirates' most frequently used leadoff man this season, was out of the lineup on Saturday for the first time since June 9. It was a scheduled day off, Hurdle said. In 11 games since his last day off, Harrison hit .222 with a .606 OPS. Sean Rodriguez, batting eighth, started at second base in Harrison's place and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

• Infielder Jung Ho Kang (left wrist discomfort) returned to the Triple-A Indianapolis lineup on Saturday after being sidelined for three days.

• Pirates starter Trevor Williams and his wife, Jackie, hosted local patients suffering from spinal cord injuries, along with their families on Saturday at PNC Park. The group took part in a meet-and-greet session with Williams -- and a few attendees played catch with Williams on the field -- before watching Saturday's game from a World Series suite.

Proceeds from Saturday's Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle went toward Project 34, the nonprofit organization founded by Williams and inspired by former Arizona State teammate Cory Hahn, who now works in the D-backs' front office.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.

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