The Pirates outrighted Nogowski to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Pittsburgh had previously acquired Nogowski when St. Louis dropped him from its 40-man roster in late June, but there were no takers for the 28-year-old when he was recently designated for assignment for the second time this season. Nogowski enjoyed a hot run at the plate in the final two weeks before the All-Star break, but he fell into a prolonged slump soon thereafter, going 8-for-63 (.127 average) in his final 21 games with the Pirates before being DFA'd.
Nogowski was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Nogowski had started just two of the last eight games, and he went 1-for-10 with an RBI and three strikeouts during that time. The 28-year-old will now be cast off the major-league roster to make room for Yoshi Tsutsugo, who signed a major-league deal with Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Nogowski flied out to center field in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday against the Reds. Playing time looks to be an issue for Nogowski, as Colin Moran has retaken his starting spot at first base. Nogowski has the ability to play in the outfield, but the team currently has more healthy options than it has had all season. The 27-year-old is 7-for-55 since July 21 and could find himself back in Triple-A before long.
Nogowski is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. Nogowski will remain on the bench for the second straight game while Colin Moran picks up another start at first base following his return from the injured list earlier this weekend. With Moran having recovered from a fractured wrist, the righty-hitting Nogowski will likely be limited to a short-side platoon role at first base moving forward.
Nogowski went 0-for-4 with a walk in Friday's 7-0 win over the Phillies. His playing time is likely to decrease following the return of Colin Moran (wrist) as soon as Monday, though he could move from first base to the outfield. For his part, Nogowski has cooled off at the plate, collecting only four hits in his last 28 at-bats.