Pirates call up Jordy Mercer; Yamaico Navarro optioned to AAA

The #Pirates have recalled INF Jordy Mercer from AAA Indy & have optioned INF Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A.

— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 29, 2012


I definitely approve of this move. And hopefully it means that Mercer will be replacing Clint Barmes as the Pirates’ every day short stop for the foreseeable future, relegating Barmes to the bench.

Mercer, 25, was the Pirates’ 3rd round pick in 2008 and has hit .302/.379/.417 while serving as the SS for AAA-Indianapolis.

Navarro will be sent down to make room on the 25-man roster for Mercer. He had a .178/.255/.244 line over 45 at-bats serving as a super-utility player for the Pirates.