Pirates' Barmes placed on 15-day DL; Martinez called up from Indianapolis

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The Pirates placed infielder Clint Barmes on the 15-day disabled list today, retroactive to June 30, because of an injury to his left groin. They recalled utility infielder Michael Martinez from Class AAA Indianapolis to take Barmes‘ place‍.

Barmes said he felt a pop and tightness in his groin while making a backhand stop and throw during batting practice Saturday.

“As soon as it popped, it instantly started to get tight, extremely tight and kind of stiff and sore,” Barmes said. “I knew it wasn’t right and at that point we went and got the MRI. It came back that it had popped off the bone.”

Barmes does not need surgery, he said, and the expected recovery time is four to six weeks.

Indications that the move might be necessary surfaced Saturday when Martinez was pulled from his minor-league game. This morning, the PNC Park scoreboard displayed the video and graphics for Martinez‘‍s at-bat on a loop.

Martinez, 31, had a .302 on-base percentage and one home run in 309 plate appearances for Indianapolis this season.

Barmes, 35, was hitting .239 with a .320 on-base percentage and .284 slugging percentage -- his only extra-base hits were four doubles -- in 100 plate appearances but had not played much recently because of the offensive improvement of Jordy Mercer.

First Published July 6, 2014 12:00 AM

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