Waited 13 years for a big league call-up. He’s yet to get his first appearance. This is Drew Madge (34), a backup infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Madge was called up to the big leagues on the 24th (Korean time). Outfielder Brian Reynolds filled the vacant spot as he left for funeral leave.
Indeed, it took a long time. After being selected by the Pirates in the 15th round of the 2010 draft, he played 1155 games in 13 seasons in the minor leagues alone.
Returning to his home team after being traded from Philadelphia Phillies to Pittsburgh in August last year, he was called up to the big leagues while recording a batting average of 0.194 (6 hits in 31 at-bats) in 8 Double-A games this season.
He’s been called up, but he hasn’t played a game yet. Reynolds returned, but survived. Pittsburgh sent Kenan Smith-Nzigba down instead.
Coach Derek Shelton said in an interview before the game, “I want to appoint him too. All the players in the clubhouse are of the same mind. He is looking for a way to help the team win,” he said, considering how to use him.
The reason why he is still included on the roster must be because he has judged that he can contribute to the team in any way. “We’ll find his place,” said Shelton, who revealed in the game the day before that he intended to use him as a substitute runner if Carlos Santana went on base late in the game.
Smith-Nzigba, who went down to the minor leagues instead, went 4-for-32 with 5 RBI, 1 steal, 4 walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 games this season. He was not getting consistent chances and was eventually relegated.
“I was trying to find a matchup for him,” Shelton said. Now other players are ahead. He needs to play the game steadily now,” he said, explaining that he was sent down to the minor leagues to play regularly. “He told him he was going to be a big contributor this season and he was going to be a very good big leaguer,” he said. His defense is improving, and he is showing good content at the plate. I believe he will be a good hitter,” he said, anticipating seeing him in the big leagues again. 크크크벳
In addition, Pittsburgh called up right-hander Cody Bolton, who pitched eight games in Triple-A and gave up three runs in 11 1/3 innings, and placed Will Crow on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Only catcher Tyler Heine was handed over to make Bolton’s spot on the 40-man roster.
The Pittsburgh Pirates had Ki Brian Hayes (third baseman) Brian Reynolds (left fielder) Andrew McCutchen (designated hitter) Carlos Santana (first baseman) Jack Suwinsky (center fielder) Connor Joe (right fielder) Rodolfo Castro (shortstop) Bae Ji-hwan (second baseman). Jason Delay (catcher) announced the lineup. Dodgers starting Tony Gonsolin (season debut), Pittsburgh starting Roancie Contreras (2-1, 4.57).