Pirates’ phenom Hayes sidelined; Bucs beaten, 4-3
CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates placed third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a strained left wrist.
Hayes, one of the preseason favorites for NL Rookie of the Year, got hurt on a swing during on Saturday. He also used his left hand diving back to first on a pickoff attempt.
Manager Derek Shelton said X-rays were negative, but an MRI showed some inflammation. Hayes had been listed as day to day, but he experienced more discomfort while he worked out on Sunday before Pittsburgh’s 4-3 loss at Chicago, so the team decided to put him on the IL as a precaution.
Phillip Evans replaced Hayes at third for the series finale against the Cubs.
He had three hits, but he also committed an error that brought home a run.
“Just one of those in-between hot shots that you get,” Evans said. “I was hoping it was going to hop up so I could keep it in front of me, but it just stayed down.”
The Pirates pulled within one on Evans’ RBI single in the eighth, but Rex Brothers got Gregory Polanco to bounce into an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners.
Craig Kimbrel then worked a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.
Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (0-1) lasted just three innings on his 25th birthday.
He walked four and was charged with three runs and two hits.
“Just got to attack the zone, fill it up more and get ahead in counts,” Keller said. “That’s what it comes down to. Just throwing a lot of pitches and getting behind in counts.”
In the sixth, Colin Moran connected for a two-run homer, Evans singled and Polanco walked. Dan Winkler then came in and Michael Perez flied out to the warning track in center, ending the inning.
Utilityman Wilmer Difo was promoted from the taxi squad to the active roster. Right-hander Tyler Bashlor was designated for assignment to make room for Difo on the 40-man roster.
Difo lined out as a pinch hitter in the ninth, ending the game.
The 24-year-old Hayes, the son of former big league infielder Charlie Hayes, made his big league debut last summer.
He batted .376 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 24 games.
Hayes hit a two-run drive off Kyle Hendricks during the Pirates’ 5-3 opening day victory over the Cubs on Thursday.
The Pirates also added right-hander Kyle Crick to their active roster and optioned right-hander Wil Crowe to the team’s alternate site. Crick had been away from the team for the birth of his child.
Crick pitched a scoreless inning in the loss to the Cubs.
“He threw some fastballs across his body, but he was able to settle down, execute his good pitches, threw the slider well,” Shelton said. “Good first outing for him after making the adjustment off the first few pitches.”