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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||300.00||13.00||.253||38.00||37.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|Foot - 15-day DL. Out until at least late May|
|vs Simon (Career)||3||1||0|| .333||.333||.333|
|vs RHP||23||1||0|| .120|| .087|| .043|
|Last 10 Games|
Pirates place Lambo (foot) on DL; promote Lombardozzi from Triple-A
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(5/6/15) The Pirates have purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Indianapolis and have placed outfielder Andrew Lambo on the 15-day disabled list -- retroactive to May 4 -- with a case of plantar fasciitis, per the team's official website.
Lombardozzi started the year with a .379 batting average, which currently ranks second in the International League. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 minor-league games, while batting .415 (17 for 41) over that span.
Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco scratched from lineup Monday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/27/15) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was scratched from Monday's game against the Cubs with groin tightness, the team announced.
"It really wasn't loosening up, so we stayed away from him," manger Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com.
Polanco will receive treatment and be re-evaluated during the game, according to the report. Manager Clint Hurdle said after the game Polanco is day to day with the injury and suffered it while running the bases against the Diamondbacks over the weekend, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Andrew Lambo will replace him in the starting lineup and bat second. Lambo is hitting .056 with one hit in 18 at-bats this season.
Lambo, Liz, Hughes, Caminero expected to make Pirates' roster
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(4/4/15) Andrew Lambo, Radhames Liz, Jared Hughes and Arquimedes Caminero are all expected to make the Pirates' Opening Day roster, manager Clint Hurdle announced on Saturday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Lambo won the final bench spot on the roster despite a .183 batting average this spring. Lis and Caminero are expected to serve as middle relievers, while Hughes will serve as a setup man.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington thinks OF Andrew Lambo is a nice fit
|(3/5/15) Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo has the support of his general manager Neal Huntington, according to the team's official website.
"Andrew has put together two really strong years at Triple-A," Huntington noted. "If you look at the numbers at the end of the year, he actually outplayed [Gregory] Polanco. Most people don't remember that, they think of him like, 'At 25, he's kind of an afterthought.' But he's a player we still like and believe could fit in as a nice piece for us."
That confidence has spread as Lambo looks forward to contributing at a high level.
"This year I'm confident, physically and mentally focused and ready," Lambo said. "Last year I was unprepared, not confident."
The 26-year-old has a batting average of .280 in the minors. He is looking to continue to make strides while in the majors.
"I'm not going to tell you I'm going to hit .700. But I'll tell you what: I'm not going to worry about it if I hit .100," said Lambo, who continues to split defensive drills between the outfield and first base. "I'm worried about just swinging well, not worried about the results."
Snider trade should free up at-bats for Pirates' Andrew Lambo
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/30/15) Saving money wasn't the only motivation for the Pirates to trade outfielder Travis Snider to the Orioles earlier this week, according to Pittsburgh columnist Dejan Kovacevic. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington is eager to see what Andrew Lambo can do with 200-300 plate appearances at the MLB level, so trading Snider helped free up at-bats.
“I’m excited. I’m beyond excited for the opportunity,” Lambo said. “At the same time, I liked Travis. Everyone liked Travis. I know he was a big part of the team, a big part of the clubhouse and … well, I just have to be myself. I have to be the player, the person I am and show up every day to help the Pirates win. I’m grateful to be getting that chance.”
Lambo was sent to the minors last season after a rough spring training. He battled through a thumb injury, but once he returned to 100 percent, Lambo got on track offensively. He hit .328 with a .563 slugging percentage and .952 OPS in 61 games for Triple-A Indianapolis before he was back in the majors in late August.
“The way I look at it, I battled back, I came back,” he said. “I was there in Pittsburgh playing in games that mattered in front of full houses and against the Cardinals or Johnny Cueto, and I feel like I grew up there, like I matured.”
Lambo will now go to spring training looking to grab a bench spot as a fourth outfielder/backup first baseman.
“Honestly, this is the first time in my career I just relaxed, checked out a little bit," he said. "I was always running around the Arizona Fall League or winter ball and now … I don’t know, I feel like this has been good. I feel hungry. I want to get out there and prove … not to everybody but to my team that I can do the job. I can’t wait for that.”
|2014 summary: For the second straight year, Andrew Lambo decimated the upper levels of the minors, batting .328 with 11 home runs and a .952 OPS in 238 at-bats at Triple-A Indianapolis. It wasn't quite as impressive as his 32-homer campaign between Double- and Triple-A in 2013, but he was a more disciplined hitter and it showed up in his batting average. |
Playing time status: Yet again, Lambo's performance earned him only a token look in the majors, where he failed to impress in 39 at-bats, but general manager Neal Huntington is a fan, citing Lambo's rise as one incentive for trading Travis Snider. The Pirates have a full outfield, but Lambo can spell Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte, as well as first baseman Pedro Alvarez.
2015 outlook: The Pirates intend to give Lambo 200 to 300 at-bats this year, about the same as Snider last year, and if he capitalizes on that playing time, he could possibly make Alvarez expendable. At age 26, it's probably now or never for him. The Pirates' faith as well as Lambo's minor-league production makes him worth a flier in NL-only leagues.
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