BRADENTON FL - FEBRUARY 20: Infielder Brian Friday #77 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during photo day at Pirate City on February 20 2011 in Bradenton Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Christian Marrero was just traded to the Pirates for AAA infielder Brian Friday. Friday has been assigned to Gwinnett.— Dan Simpson (@DSimpson88) July 28, 2012
The Braves are currently using Paul Janish at shortstop, with Tyler Pastornicky backing him up. Injuries to Andrelton Simmons and Jack Wilson have been a big blow to their organizational depth at the position.
Friday, 26, was the Pirates third-round pick of the 2007 draft. In his third season in Triple-A, the Rice University product is hitting .232/.324/.304 with no home runs and just 12 extra-base hits over 66 games.
This trade was also a move to add depth for the Pirates, who recently recalled outfielder Starling Marte. Marrero was a 22nd-round pick in 2005 by the Chicago White Sox, who traded him to Atlanta for cash considerations in March.
Marrero has hit .248/.352/.392 with four home runs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.