BRADENTON, FL – With the Pittsburgh Pirates set to open their 2018 regular season in just over 72 hours, the Bucs’ Opening Day roster is beginning to look clear.
Pittsburgh announced on Monday that utility man Jose Osuna and right-hander Kyle Crick have been optioned to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. Lefty Kevin Siegrist was reassigned to minor league camp.
Indy’s roster already looks pretty strong thus far, but the addition of Osuna is a big one.
Osuna led the Pirates in home runs (five) and RBIs (16) this spring. The 25-year-old posted a .327 batting average (16-for-49), but fell just short for now in his battle for a bench role with the big league club. Osuna hit .233 (50-for-215) with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 104 games with the Bucs last season. He played in 63 games with the Tribe in 2016 before playing in just ten in 2017 prior to a promotion.
Crick, 25, was acquired by Pittsburgh in this offseason’s Andrew McCutchen trade. The righty made ten appearances this spring, surrendering eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits in 11 innings of work. He played in 30 games with the San Francisco Giants in 2017, finishing with a 3.06 ERA.
The Pirates will take on the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday to open the 2018 MLB season. The Indians have a date with the Columbus Clippers at Victory Field on April 6 to kick off their regular season.