Pirela was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Saturday. Pirela was recalled from El Paso on May 8. He went 5-for-34 with just one extra base hit during his time with the big club. His exit will make room for Yangervis Solarte to return from the disabled-list.
Pirela is a late addition to the lineup in Friday's series opener against the Padres, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The Padres originally locked in Christian Bethancourt in right field, which was surprising considering he had never started at any position other than catcher in his career. However, they have decided to switch to Pirela at the last minute. He batting.333 against southpaws on the season.
Updating a previous report, Pirela will ultimately get the starting nod at second base Sunday against the Brewers. Pirela had been originally scheduled to get the day off, but a last-minute scratch of Wil Myers led to a shift of the entire lineup. Brett Wallace moved from third to first to cover for Myers, while Adam Rosales moved from second to third, finally opening up the keystone for Pirela. It will be the 26-year-old's seventh straight start at second base.
Pirela is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Pirela has made six straight starts at the keystone, taking advantage of a San Diego infield that has been decimated by injuries this season. Since the May 8 call-up, his 4-for-23 performance at the plate leaves a bit to be desired, and his only extra-base hit of the year came during an earlier stint with the club in April. Although Adam Rosales will get the start Sunday, the eventual activation of any one of the four injured San Diego infielders likely poses a bigger threat to Pirela's long-term playing time than any other factor.
Pirela went 1-for-3 in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Brewers. The 26-year-old is just 4-for-19 since his May 8 call-up, hitting safely in three of his five starts to date. Pirela is slashing .208/.208/.450 over a combined 24 at-bats in 2016, taking into a account his five-game stint with the big-league club in April