ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Starling Marte on the bereavement list and slotted Francisco Liriano’s return to the rotation for Sunday, the last game before the All-Star break.
The Pirates selected first baseman Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis before Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals and designated minor league pitcher Duke Welker for assignment. Hague has 13 homers in the minors this year.
Josh Harrison started in left field in place of Marte and batted second against the Cardinals. Marte was batting .256 with five homers, 32 RBIs and 21 steals. Harrison entered as a career .348 hitter at Busch Stadium.
Liriano, 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA, has been sidelined since June 11 with a left oblique strain. He made one minor league rehab start, working six scoreless innings on Monday.
The Pirates placed Gerrit Cole on the DL prior to the game and recalled Brandon Cumpton to start against St. Louis.
Welker was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and two saves at Indianapolis before undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. He was a second-round draft pick of the Pirates in 2007.