Pirates assign Lambo to Indianapolis, make other roster moves

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates clarified their plans at first base this morning by optioning Andrew Lambo to Class AAA Indianapolis during a hefty round of roster moves.

The team plans to have Travis Ishikawa start the season on the active roster and back up Gaby Sanchez at first base. Ishikawa, a non-roster invitee, has to be added to the 40-man roster at some point.

Lambo, 25, hit .095 this spring and did not have an extra-base hit in 42 at-bats. He spent the winter and spring re-learning how to play first base.

"Andrew exceeded expectations defensively and showed up very well there," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Offensively, the results obviously weren't there. He faced a lot of fastball-count offspeed pitches. In our minds the right thing to do to get him back on track was to have him start the season in Indianapolis."

The Pirates also optioned outfielder Jaff Decker and righty reliever Jared Hughes to Indianapolis. They reassigned right-handers Jay Jackson and Zack Thornton, lefties Adam Wilk and Daniel Schlereth, catcher Omir Santos, infielders Robert Andino and Michael Martinez, and outfielder Chris Dickerson to minor league camp.

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and Twitter @BrinkPG.

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