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Pittsburgh Pirates to place star rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes on injured list

Apr 1, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) hits a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 1, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes (13) hits a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates will place third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes on the injured list because of inflammation in his left wrist, according to multiple reports Sunday afternoon.

Pittsburgh will add infielder Wilmer Difo to the active roster to replace Hayes.

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The highly regarded 24-year-old was injured during an at-bat Saturday. Subsequent X-rays did not show a fracture, according to The Athletic, but inflammation in the left wrist is making it difficult for Hayes to wear his glove and do other baseball activities.

In his first two games of the season, Hayes was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer. He hit .376 (32-for-85) with five homers and 11 RBIs in 24 games during his debut season in 2020.

Difo, 29, is a .247 lifetime hitter in 373 games with the Washington Nationals. He hit .071 (1-for-14) with one RBI in 12 games last season with the Nationals.

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–Field Level Media