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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Miguel Yajure (back) will not be competing in the Arizona Fall League this year. The 23-year-old sustained a back injury late in the regular season and the team is being cautious with him. The Pirates are anticipating that he will be able to make a full recovery prior to Spring Training next year. Yajure is the team's 24th ranked prospect on MLB Pipeline. He made four appearances (three starts) with the Pirates this year and struggled to the tune of an 8.40 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. However, he performed well in the minors this year with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 47.2 innings split between Single-A and Triple-A.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras made his MLB debut against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. He got the start for the game and went on to pitch three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out four. The 21-year-old is the team's sixth ranked prospect on MLB Pipeline. He was fantastic in the minors this year. Over 58 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A, he pitched to a 2.64 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP while averaging 12.7 K/9. We won't see him again this season, but the late season call-up gives hope that he could have a chance for a rotation spot next year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (wrist) on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday. He is dealing with left wrist soreness and due to the timing of the roster move, he will miss the remainder of the 2021 season. Hoy Park is starting at third base for the second consecutive game on Wednesday and he is likely to be the team's primary third baseman the rest of the way. Hayes was a bit underwhelming overall this year compared to his lofty expectations. The 24-year-old slashed .257/.316/.373 with six home runs, nine stolen bases, 38 RBI and 49 runs over 96 games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated second baseman Michael Chavis (elbow) from the injured list on Tuesday. He went on to make an appearance as a pinch hitter in Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. He hit a single and drove in a run. Chavis was sidelined for about a month due to a right elbow strain. He was hitting well before the injury. Over just six games as a Pirate - following his acquisition from Boston - he slashed .364/.364/.591 with one home run, two RBI and four runs. He should see a good amount of playing time the rest of the way and could be a sneaky source of power for fantasy managers in need over the final week of the year.
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes is not in the lineup Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Hoy Park will instead man the hot corner, batting eighth. Hayes has had a disappointing season thus far, slashing just .256/.315/.371 with six homers and nine steals in 356 at-bats. There really haven't been any stretches this year that give fantasy managers hope for Hayes, and he should certainly be on benches the rest of the way, if he's even on rosters in the first place.