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Pirates designate Overbay for assignment

First baseman’s future unclear

The Pirates have designated first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment to make room on the active roster for Derrek Lee, acquired from the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. Lee will be in uniform when the Pirates host the Cubs on Monday.

Overbay signed a one-year, $5 million contract as a free agent in the offseason but struggled so far, hitting .227 with 8 homeruns and 37 RBI.

The Pirates will make a corresponding roster move for the Ryan Ludwick acquisition once Ludwick reports to the ballpark.

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