Newly acquired from the New York Mets, Ike Davis warms up with the team Saturday before his first game as the Pirates' first baseman at PNC Park. Davis will bat sixth in the lineup behind Jose Tabata.
By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates officially added first baseman Ike Davis to their active roster today, one day after trading for him.
To make room for the former New York Met, the Pirates designated Travis Ishikawa, a first baseman who made the roster out of spring training as a non-roster invitee, for assignment.
“I’m excited,” Davis said. “I know a couple of the guys on the team from youth baseball and stuff like that. I’ve got some buddies already. I’m looking forward to meeting everybody and helping hopefully to contribute to win games.”
Manager Clint Hurdle said Davis, a left-handed hitter, and the right-handed Gaby Sanchez will platoon at first base, meaning Davis will get plenty of playing time because the Pirates face plenty of right-handed pitchers.
“I was excited, obviously, to play,” Davis said. “I haven’t been playing.”
Davis is in tonight’s lineup, batting sixth and playing first base.
“Right now we want to get him the opportunity to go out and play, through the play and the at-bats and everything else, I think we’ll find a way if there’s a need to scheme and to help and to adjust accordingly,” Hurdle said.
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