Dickerson on family medical leave; Frazier up

Kang sidelined with discomfort in left wrist

June 20th, 2018

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates placed left fielder Corey Dickerson on the family medical emergency list on Wednesday and recalled super-utility man from Triple-A Indianapolis.
The family medical emergency list can only be used in the case of a death or medical emergency in the player's immediate family. Players must remain on the family medical emergency list for at least three days and no more than seven, so Dickerson will be away from the team until at least Saturday.
Dickerson, 29, has put together another strong first half in his first season with the Pirates, slashing .302/.336/.453 with five homers and 32 RBIs. He ranks 11th among outfielders in the most recent round of National League All-Star balloting.
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Since ' emergence, Dickerson has been playing regularly as part of Pittsburgh's four-man outfield plan. Meadows figures to join center fielder and in the outfield while Dickerson is away, but was scheduled to start in left with Meadows in right against Brewers left-hander before Wednesday's game was postponed.
Frazier was vying for the starting left-field job this spring before Pittsburgh acquired Dickerson via trade from Tampa Bay in mid-February. The Pirates optioned Frazier to Indianapolis on June 10, in part because he had Minor League options but also to give him regular playing time in Triple-A after spending more than two months in a reserve role.
Frazier hit .283/.347/.402 during his first two seasons with the Pirates, but those numbers dropped to .237/.318/.356 in 152 plate appearances over 56 games in the Majors this year. Most of Frazier's playing time came at second base while Josh Harrison was on the disabled list, but he has also played all three outfield spots this season.
"It's a guy we know. It's a guy that's played at this level," manager Clint Hurdle said. "The hits weren't there. The battle in the box was getting better. He was fielding his position very well. He was showing up. He was getting reps. We've got right-handed bats. We wanted to add a left-handed bat and another infielder. He's a pretty good fit for those two criteria."
Kang scratched in Indy
Infielder was removed from the Triple-A Indianapolis lineup on Wednesday afternoon. That prompted some speculation, fueled by a suggestive Twitter post from the Indianapolis club, that he might be headed to Pittsburgh. He is not.
Kang was scratched on Wednesday due to left wrist discomfort, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. Kang reported the injury before Wednesday's game but did not identify the cause, Tomczyk said, and the athletic trainer in Indianapolis identified that Kang "most likely" needed to see a doctor.
After a slow start in Indianapolis, Kang recorded six hits in his last three games. He is day to day.
Trainer's room
• Left-hander (shoulder impingement) had his rehab assignment transferred from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. He pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in Indianapolis' 5-3 win on Wednesday.
• Right-hander A.J. Schugel (shoulder discomfort) has resumed playing catch, Tomczyk said. After being sidelined early in Spring Training, Schugel made eight appearances during a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Bradenton and Indianapolis then was shut down in early May.
• Right-hander Nick Burdi (Tommy John surgery last year) continues to pitch simulated games in Bradenton, Fla. The Pirates picked Burdi, a 25-year-old reliever who hasn't pitched above Double-A, in the Rule 5 Draft last December. He must spend 90 days on their active roster between this season and next year before his Rule 5 restrictions are removed.