The Pittsburgh Pirates are recalling OF/1B Bligh Madris from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Bryan Reynolds as he goes on Paternity Leave.
Early Thursday afternoon, news broke that Bligh Madris would be getting recalled back to the Pittsburgh Pirates. I personally got word from a source close to the situtaion that he was getting called up and first reported it on twitter shortly after.
The move was made because Bryan Reynolds is going on Paternity Leave. I was told by my source that Madris is expected stay up once Reynolds comes back and also after the trade deadline passes.
Bligh Madris is currently slashing .296/.372/.490 with an OPS of .862 with Indianapolis. He has 6 home runs on the season and most recently has been playing first base with the team. This may be an indication of where they see him playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates once Bryan Reynolds rejoins the team.
Madris was originally promoted to Pittsburgh back on June 20th. While he was here, he slashed .259/.286/.407 with 1 home run, 6 RBI and 2 stolen bases. A lot of fans were disappointed when he was optioned back down because of the short success he had in just 15 games with the big league club. Madris will now get his chance to prove he deserves to stay with the team for the foreseeable future.
By the time Reynolds returns, odds are, the trade deadline will have passed. Even if it has not, Ben Gamel could very easily be traded by then. Yoshi Tsutsugo and Josh VanMeter could each be designated for assignment as well. This could create at-bats for Madris in the outfield, at first base, and at designated hitter.