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Brad Eldred


Eldred will be out indefinitely with a left thumb injury. The Pirates' hitting prospect suffered a fracture and dislocation of the thumb while playing for Triple-A Indianapolis Sunday, when he collided with a baserunner at first base. A Pirates spokesman said Eldred will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.


After stroking nine doubles and 12 home runs in 190 at-bats with Pittsburgh in 2005, Eldred was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday. The first-base prospect will get more developmental time after combining to hit 40 homers with 102 RBIs for Double-A Altoona, Indianapolis and the Pirates.


The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled Eldred from Triple-A Indianapolis, replacing demoted infielder Bobby Hill on the roster. In 54 games with the minor league club this season, the first baseman was batting .282 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 54 games. Over his last 11 contests, he had belted 10 homers with 23 RBI.