Pirates recall Morel from Triple-A

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates have recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday to bolster a bench shortened by injuries.

Morel was hitting .273 with four home runs and 52 RBIs in 92 games at Indianapolis. He also hit .143 with three RBIs in 12 games with the Pirates earlier this season.

Left-hander Jeff Locke was optioned to Indianapolis in a procedural move. He will remain with the Pirates and be recalled Monday when the major league roster limit expands from 25 to 40. Locke is scheduled to start Tuesday night at St. Louis.

The Pirates are without first baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) and right fielder Travis Snider (hamstring).