Veteran first baseman Travis Ishikawa will be returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the team claimed him off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants designated Ishikawa for assignment on Friday when they called up outfielder Ryan Lollis from Triple A. Ishikawa began last season in Pittsburgh and was designated for assignment in April when the Pirates traded for Ike Davis. He signed with the Giants soon after.
Ishikawa batted .274 in 47 games for San Francisco in 2014. His walk-off home run in Game 5 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League pennant for the Giants.
Ishikawa began this season on the disabled list and played in just six games before being let go. Five of those appearances were as a pinch hitter. He did not pick up a hit in six plate appearances.
Ishikawa is primarily a first baseman but has played leftfield occasionally. The Pirates will announce a corresponding roster move when he reports to the team.
- Dan Gartland