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NL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
47-37 6-4 L2
44-40 3-7 L4
34-48 7-3 W2
33-47 4-6 W1
28-52 4-6 W1

2022 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .205 3 10 .604 2

Top Josh VanMeter News

  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Could be top option at keystone

    VanMeter will start at second base and bat ninth Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Before he was on the bench for the final two games of the Pirates' weekend series with the Brewers, VanMeter had made all five of his starts since returning from the 10-day injured list June 27 at either first base or designated hitter. His path to regular playing time at either of those spots now appears blocked with Yoshi Tsutsugo (back) returning from the IL on Tuesday, but VanMeter could end up settling into the large side of a platoon at second base with the righty-hitting Diego Castillo. One of Castillo, Tucupita Marcano and Hoy Park had started at second base in each of the previous seven games, but the latter two players were optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sits versus righty

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

    The lefty-hitting VanMeter took a seat against a southpaw starter (Aaron Ashby) in Saturday's 7-4 win, but he'll remain on the bench while the Pirates oppose a righty (Brandon Woodruff) in the series finale. Michael Chavis will pick up another start at first base at VanMeter's expense, but both players could soon be on the outs for playing time at the position with Yoshi Tsutsugo (back) expected to return from the injured list during the upcoming week.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Drives in one

    VanMeter went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI on Monday against the Nationals.

    VanMeter returned from a three-week absence caused by a finger injury. He immediately stepped into the starting lineup, batting seventh while playing first base. It would be a surprise to see VanMeter continue to get playing time over Michael Chavis -- who was out of the lineup Monday -- but he could cost both Hoy Park and Diego Castillo time at second base while Tucupita Marcano (illness) remains sidelined. Across 111 plate appearances this season, VanMeter has hit .218/.279/.366.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Comes off IL

    The Pirates reinstated VanMeter (finger) from the 10-day injured list Monday. He'll start at first base and bat seventh in the Pirates' series opener in Washington.

    VanMeter returns to the active roster after a completing a five-game rehab assignment last week at Triple-A Indianapolis, during which he went 2-for-18 with four walks, three runs and an RBI. The 27-year-old could reclaim the strong side of a platoon at second base now that he's recovered from a fractured left ring finger, though he's not a lock to stick around as a near-everyday player for long. Fellow left-handed hitter Tucupita Marcano (illness) is currently in the midst of a rehab assignment and could unseat VanMeter as the preferred option at the keystone once reinstated from the COVID-19-related IL.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Begins rehab assignment

    VanMeter (finger) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.

    VanMeter is ready for game action three weeks after fracturing his left ring finger. Prior to the injury, he'd hit a mediocre .214/.280/.357, and it's difficult to imagine he'll return to a regular role once healthy, especially with Oneil Cruz's arrival crowding the middle infield.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Rehab assignment on tap

    Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said Sunday that VanMeter (finger) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Prior to fracturing his left ring finger June 1, VanMeter had settled in as the Pirates' primary second baseman, but he may not reclaim that role once his rehab assignment concludes. The non-contending Pirates initially installed Tucupita Marcano (illness) as VanMeter's main replacement, only for Marcano to land on the COVID-19-related IL last week. Yu Chang, Diego Castillo and Hoy Park have also picked up starts at the keystone in recent days, and that trio along with Marcano could represent higher-priority options for the rebuilding Pirates than VanMeter, a 27-year-old who is already with the fourth organization of his career.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Lands on IL

    VanMeter was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a fractured left ring finger, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

    He suffered the injury Wednesday. Daniel Vogelbach was activated in a corresponding move. Rodolfo Castro should see plenty of starts at second base going forward.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Leaves with hand injury

    VanMeter was removed from Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with left hand discomfort, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    VanMeter went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout before being replaced in the field for the bottom of the sixth inning. The 27-year-old should be considered day-to-day, and he'll have Thursday's scheduled off day to aid in his recovery before potentially missing additional time.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sitting versus southpaw

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    VanMeter has a 1.008 OPS over his past eight games but will head to the bench Tuesday since lefty Julio Urias is on the mound for Los Angeles. Diego Castillo will man the keystone in VanMeter's absence.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Slugs third homer

    VanMeter went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run Wednesday against the Rockies.

    VanMeter broke the game open in the seventh inning with his third home run of the season. He's riding a modest four-game hitting streak, though his only counting stats in that span came Wednesday. VanMeter continues to get regular run at second base and is hitting .210/.256/.383 across 86 plate appearances on the season.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Not starting Tuesday

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

    Lefty Kyle Freeland is on the mound for Colorado, so VanMeter will head to the bench after starting the past two games. Diego Castillo will man the keystone.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Multi-hit effort

    VanMeter went 2-for-4 with a triple Monday against the Rockies.

    VanMeter tallied his first multi-hit game since May 11, an eight-game stretch during which he collected only three hits across 23 at-bats. He knocked a one-out triple in the fourth inning -- his fifth extra-base hit of the season -- but was ultimately stranded. VanMeter has gotten regular run at second base despite hitting just .184/.235/.329 across 81 plate appearances, but his roster spot could be in jeopardy as the Pirates continue to promote prospects to the big-league level.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: On bench against lefty

    VanMeter will sit Saturday against the Cardinals.

    VanMeter hits the bench against debuting lefty Matthew Liberatore. He's only started against three of the 13 southpaws the Pirates have faced this season. Diego Castillo will get the start at second base.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sits against southpaw

    VanMeter isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Left-hander Drew Smyly is on the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday, so VanMeter will take a seat for the second time in the last three games. Michael Chavis will start at the keystone and bat third.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Hits bench against lefty

    VanMeter is out of the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    With southpaw Wade Miley on the mound for Chicago, the lefty-hitting VanMeter will give way to the righty-hitting Michael Chavis at the keystone. VanMeter had started in four of the Pirates' last five games, going 4-for-15 with a home run, a triple, a walk and two RBI.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Productive against Dodgers

    VanMeter went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a triple, a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    VanMeter drew his first start in the last four games, taking over at second base for Cole Tucker. VanMeter made use of the opportunity, slugging his second homer of the season off Tommy Kahnle in the sixth inning. He then led off the eighth frame with a triple and ultimately came around to score. The Pirates have several young infielders who will likely have the priority for playing time in a rebuilding year, so VanMeter may not earn a regular role without an injury ahead of him.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sitting versus lefty

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers.

    The lefty-hitting VanMeter will remain on the bench for the third consecutive game with the Pirates opposing a southpaw (Julio Urias) in the series opener. Michael Chavis will fill in for VanMeter at the keystone.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Not starting second game

    VanMeter isn't starting the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    VanMeter started Saturday's matinee at second base, but he closed out the game behind the plate, marking the first time he's played catcher as a professional. Roberto Perez (hamstring) was seen on a crutch after the first game of the twin bill, so it's possible VanMeter will be the emergency catcher behind starter Andrew Knapp in Saturday's nightcap. Cole Tucker will start at second base while Diego Castillo takes over at shortstop.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Not in Sunday's lineup

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

    VanMeter finds himself on the bench for the second straight game against a right-handed pitcher (Tyler Mahle), and his grip on the large-side platoon role at second base may be slipping given his .452 OPS this season. Cole Tucker will receive the start at second base Sunday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 165 lbs
Birthplace: Ossian, IN
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R