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Kramer ‘excited’ to play second, third for Pirates

The Pirates' focus on 2019 has brought another prospect to the major leagues. Kevin Kramer, the team's second-round draft pick in 2015, was recalled, along with five others, from Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday.

Kramer, 24, will play second and third base, possibly next to Kevin Newman, after a breakout season where he batted .311/.365/.492 with 15 home runs, 35 doubles, 15 home runs and 59 RBIs in 129 games. He's not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Reds; however, he began working with infielders coach Joey Cora and will be available off the bench.

With Triple-A Indianapolis' season over, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, reliever Tanner Anderson, reliever Michael Feliz, outfielder Jordan Luplow and reliever Clay Holmes were also recalled. To make room for Kramer and Lavarnway on the 40-man roster, reliever Buddy Boshers was designated for assignment.

"Obviously very excited to be here, grateful for the opportunity first and foremost," Kramer told reporters after being included in the Pirates' team photo. "It’s a great clubhouse to walk into."

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