The pirates appoint the first baseman John Nogowski to task, manager Derek Shelton told reporters (including Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Pittsburgh have also completed their signing of first baseman / corner outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo to a major league contract. He’s active for tonight’s game against the Dodgers.
Pittsburgh picked up Nogowski from the division’s rival Cardinals for cash reasons last month. He hit well in his first few weeks with the Bucs, but has seen his bat crater recently. All in all, Nogowski has only collected a .233 / .301 / .310 line over 143 record appearances shared between St. Louis and Pittsburgh this year.
Nogowski will be in dispensation for the next few days. The 28-year-old has had a tough season, but he is a skilled minor league hitter. Nogowksi owns a .270 / .386 / .431 line in parts of two Triple-A seasons and has a .295 / .380 / .424 brand in three years at Double-A. That high minor track record could arouse interest in another club. Nogowski still has one more year of choice left in the minor leagues, so any alleged team can move him between the majors and Triple-A through the end of the 2022 season if they keep him on the 40-man program.