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Pittsburgh Pirates call up veteran infielder Todd Frazier

Mar 1, 2021; Sarasota, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates Todd Frazier (99) poses during media day at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MLB Photos via USA Today Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up veteran infielder Todd Frazier ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game in Detroit.

Frazier, 35, was in the starting lineup as the designated hitter, batting sixth, for his season debut.

Frazier was a two-time All-Star (2014, 2015) for the Cincinnati Reds and smacked a career-best 40 homers for the Chicago White Sox in 2016.

In 1,231 career games, he has hit .242 with 218 homers, 636 RBIs and 73 stolen bases. He ripped 21 homers with the New York Mets in 2019 but struggled at the plate last season, hitting .236 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 45 games split between the Mets and Texas Rangers.

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To make room on the active roster, the Pirates designated outfielder Dustin Fowler for assignment. The 26-year-old Fowler batted .171 with two RBIs in 18 games this season.

Pittsburgh also recalled right-hander Geoff Hartlieb and placed right-hander Chad Kuhl on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder discomfort.

–Field Level Media

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