Pirates recall Brent Morel

The Pirates have recalled infielder Brent Morel from Class AAA Indianapolis and he will be available against the Reds today.

In order to make room for Morel, the Pirates have optioned pitcher Jeff Locke to one of their minor league affiliates to be determined.

The team made a similar move Friday when they recalled Andrew Lambo and optioned Gerrit Cole to Bristol.

The addition of Lambo and Morel shores up the bench as the Pirates are likely without Travis Snider (hamstring) and Pedro Alvarez (foot) for a few more days.

Cole and Locke will officially rejoin the Major League roster Monday when rosters expand from 25 to 40.

Cole is scheduled to start Monday in St. Louis against the Cardinals and Locke is scheduled to start Tuesday in the second game of that series.

Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1720 and Twitter @paulzeise

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