Stallings was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.
He was serving as the third catcher or the Pirates and has seen a total of seven plate appearances in the majors this year despite multiple stints with Pittsburgh. Stallings is slashing .272/.337/.370 with one home run in 103 plate appearances at Triple-A.
Stallings was called back up to the big league roster Thursday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
It wasn't a long minor league stint for the catcher, who was just optioned to Triple-A on Sunday. He'll be replacing starter Francisco Cervelli on the roster, who was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Stallings, who is 2-for-7 with the Pirates this year, will be behind Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart at catcher and isn't expected to receive many at-bats.
Stallings was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
With Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart recently being sidelined by injuries, Stallings received the promotion to the big leagues on June 7. He went 2-for-7 in his limited action, but will now return to the minor leagues with Stewart set to come off the disabled list Sunday.
Stallings had his contract purchased from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Stallings was cast off the 40-man roster over the offseason since he was blocked by Francisco Cervelli (concussion), Chris Stewart (hamstring) and Elias Diaz in the catching pecking order, but with Cervelli and Stewart both sidelined with injuries, Stallings will return to the big leagues to provide catching depth. More likely than not, the 27-year-old will play second fiddle to Diaz behind the plate, although Stallings was 6-for-15 in a brief cup of coffee with Pittsburgh last season, so he could pick up his fair share of starts if he hits like that this time around as well.
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