Kramer (hip) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and outrighted to the minors Friday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Kramer missed the entirety of the 2020 season due to hip surgery, a procedure he underwent back in May. He was expected to be able to resume baseball activities within six months of the surgery, so he should be ready to go by next season. He's evidently not a major part of the Pirates' 2021 plans, though that's hardly a surprise given that he owns a .152/.222/.165 slash lin in 90 career big-league plate appearances.
The Pirates placed Kramer (hip) on the 10-day injured list Monday and then transferred him to the 60-day IL. He underwent hip surgery in March that will sideline him for 4-to-6 months, so it's possible he won't play at all this season. Kramer was set to compete for a bench role under normal circumstances.
Kramer underwent surgery last week to repair the labrum of his right hip, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports. He'll be sidelined for 4-to-6 months before resuming full baseball activities. Even if MLB resumes at some point later in June or July with an abbreviated season, Kramer's recovery timeline from the surgery essentially rules him out from playing with the Pirates in 2020. Before MLB went on hiatus, the 26-year-old utility man was enjoying a productive spring training but was widely expected to open the campaign at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Kramer is likely to start the 2020 season playing for Triple-A Indianapolis, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. He had a decent camp, batting .333 in 15 March at-bats, but he still faces plenty of competition as a utility player. He also has a pair of minor-league options remaining. Kramer moved back and forth between the infield and outfield during Grapefruit League play, showing some of the versatility that could give him an eventual shot in the big leagues. Playing primarily as a second baseman in the minors, he's shown extra-base pop with a career slash line of .286/.357/.429. At 26, however, time is running out for him to make a name for himself, at least with the Pittsburgh organization. He's struck out 37 times in 79 career at-bats at the major-league level.
Kramer was recalled by the Pirates on Wednesday. Kramer has been called up by the Pirates twice this season, making a grand total of one plate appearance. The 24-year-old posted a mediocre .260/.335/.417 slash line for Triple-A Indianapolis this season after hitting .311/.365/.492 at the same level last season. He's played all over the infield as well as the outfield corners this season.
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