PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled first baseman/outfielder Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night before their game against the Cincinnati Reds to add bench depth with first baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Travis Snider both injured.
Lambo hit .328 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 61 games at Indianapolis. He had also hit six home runs in his last eight games.
Alvarez sat out his second straight game Friday with a sprained left foot. Snider strained his left hamstring on Wednesday in a win over St. Louis Cardinals.
Right-hander Gerrit Cole was optioned to rookie-level Bristol to clear a roster spot for Lambo. However, it is strictly a procedural move and Cole will be recalled Monday when the roster limit expands to 40 and start that day at St. Louis.