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A few days after a demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis, Duffy was placed on the minor league restricted list Thursday for failing to report to the minors. Duffy contested his demotion in a one-hour meeting with Pirates manager Jim Tracy and general manager Dave Littlefield following an 8-2 loss to Florida Sunday. Apparently the center fielder wasn't happy about efforts to alter his hitting approach after a successful rookie season a year ago.
Duffy, the opening day center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after a poor start. The Pirates liked Duffy's defense and speed, but he didn't get on base often enough to utilize his speed. He's batting .194 (19-for-98) with six doubles and a triple, but his 26 strikeouts easily surpass his hit total. He drew just three walks for a .255 on-base percentage.
Duffy has been removed from Pittsburgh's 60-day disabled list.
Duffy, who has been nursing a left hamstring injury for most of August, has a muscle tear and isn't likely to play again this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates placed him on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and activated Craig Wilson from the DL to take his roster spot.
Nursing a tight hamstring, Duffy has been absent from the Pittsburgh Pirates' lineup since August 6, missing four consecutive starts. The outfielder, who is batting .388 with four doubles, one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 28 games with the Pirates this season, continues to be listed as day-to-day.
Duffy posted a career-high four hits in Tuesday's win over the Florida Marlins, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. The rookie outfielder also stole the first two bases of his major league career. In 17 games with the Pirates this season, Duffy is batting .326 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.
Duffy, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier this week to fill in for the injured Craig Wilson, is expected to handle the majority of the duties in center field for the Pirates, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. The outfielder also will remain at the top of the batting order for the time being.
Duffy has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The outfielder, who takes the roster spot of the injured Craig Wilson, had a short stint with the Pirates earlier this season, going 1-for-6 with a double, RBI and four strikeouts in six at-bats.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Duffy to Triple-A Syracuse, opening a spot on the roster for infielder Alfredo Amezaga, who was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Duffy, an outfielder, has seen limited playing time with the Pirates this season, going 1-for-6 with a double, RBI and four strikeouts in six at-bats.
Duffy has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis by the Pittsburgh Pirates, filling the roster spot of second baseman Jose Castillo, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. In 25 exhibition games with the Pirates this spring, Duffy batted .339 with one home run and 13 RBI.
Unless one of the Pirates' regular outfielders goes down with injury, Duffy likely won't see much playing time with the big league club. He spent last season at Double-A, hitting .309 with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 113 contests.