Barnes (hamstring) is back in action with Triple-A Indianapolis. He is hitting .143/.250/.143 with eight strikeouts in 21 at-bats since returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first five weeks of the season.
Barnes (hamstring) was reassigned to minor league camp. The 25-year-old delivered in his second go-round at Double-A Altoona last season, planting a .306/.377/.477 line with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases in 458 plate appearances. Barnes may be ticketed for Triple-A Indianapolis soon but has a steep hill to climb to earn playing time with the Buccos in 2017, especially if his recent hamstring injury turns out to be something serious.
Barnes left Tuesday's game after injuring his hamstring running to first base, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Barnes was hustling to first to pick up an infield single when he seemed to tweak his hamstring. Information regarding the severity of his injury should become available after the team's training staff has the chance to further examine him.
The Pirates chose not to protect Barnes from the Rule 5 draft. The 45th pick in the 2012 draft, Barnes has struggled with injuries since being drafted. He played in a career-high 95 games split between High-A and Double-A in 2015, slashing .256/.352/.403 with nine homers and 17 stolen bases. The 24-year-old totaled only 101 games in his first three pro seasons, making 2016 a make-or-break proposition wherever he winds up.
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