ST. LOUIS — The Pirates placed Starling Marte on the bereavement list Wednesday because of the death or illness of a family member and called up infielder Matt Hague from Class AAA Indianapolis to take his place.
Marte must spend at least three days, but no more than seven, on the bereavement list.
The Pirates selected the contract of Hague, who was not on the 40-man roster, and designated minor league pitcher Duke Welker for assignment.
Hague, 28, had a .363 on-base percentage and 13 home runs in 333 plate appearances for Indianapolis this season. His 59 RBIs led the International League.
“He’s given quality at-bats for two years now,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s gone down there with a very professional work ethic and game ethic as far as just showing up and continuing to play and being dependable.”
Hague made his major league debut with the Pirates in 2012 and went 16 for 70 in 30 games, but has not returned to the majors since then. He bats right-handed and can play first and third base.
Welker, who most recently pitched for Indianapolis, had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery June 5.
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First Published July 9, 2014 12:00 AM