Shuck will attempt to convert to being a two-way player with Triple-A Indianapolis, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports. Shuck owns a career .243/.296/.314 slash line over parts of seven big-league seasons, leaving him a fifth outfielder at best. If he can also serve as a competent reliever, that could be enough to keep him on a big-league roster, but there's no particular reason to believe he can serve a fantasy-relevant role on either side of the ball. The 31-year-old last worked as a pitcher back in college.
Shuck was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Shuck will report to Indianapolis after passing through waivers unclaimed. Prior to being designated for assignment, the outfielder hit .213/.339/.255 in 27 games for the Pirates.
Shuck was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Saturday. Shuck's 14.0 percent walk rate was strong, but that's about all he had to show for his 57 plate appearances, as he slashed just .213/.339/.255. Reliever Dovydas Neverauskas was recalled in a corresponding move.
Shuck went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base and a caught stealing in a 4-1 victory over the Giants on Friday. He picked up the RBI on a single in the first inning and then swiped second. After reaching on an error in the sixth, Shuck tried to steal another bag, but this time he unsuccessfully read Madison Bumgarner's move and was picked off. He finished the game in center field because of an injury to Starling Marte. Shuck is hitting .267 with one extra-base hit, two RBI, three runs and a steal in 30 at-bats this season.
Shuck is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals. Shuck had made back-to-back starts in the corner outfield, but he'll sit in the series finale in favor of Jason Martin. Both Martin and Shuck seem to be stuck in a timeshare for the outfield spot opposite Melky Cabrera while Gregory Polanco (shoulder), Corey Dickerson (shoulder) and Lonnie Chisenhall (finger) are on the 10-day injured list.