July 3, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Alex Presley (7) fails to catch a ball hit by Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie (not pictured) during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
In a corresponding roster move, the Pirates have called up infielder Jordy Mercer from Triple-A.
Presley’s move to the DL is retroactive to July 3, the day he was forced to exit the Pirates’ contest against the Houston Astros after diving for a ball in the outfield.
Over his 60 games and 215 at-bats for the Pirates this season, the 26-year-old has posted a line of .242/.276/.395 with 18 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.
Mercer made his major league debut this season, appearing in five games for the Pirates. Over went 1-9 with two walks and three strikeouts.
The 25-year-old has spent most of the season with the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate. Over his 209 at-bats, Mercer has hit at a clip of .287/.357/.421 with four home runs, 14 doubles and 27 RBIs. He owns a career minor league OPS of .723.
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