In Altoona tonight, Wandy Rodriguez will make his second rehab start as he tries to work his way back from a knee injury. In his first rehab start, he was knocked out after giving up four runs over 3.1 innings. West Virginia is off today. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page.
AAA: Indianapolis (19-11) @ Scranton/WB (14-15) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Vance Worley (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Scranton/WB 7, Indianapolis 6
Vance Worley will make his debut in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The Pirates purchased his contract from the Minnesota Twins in a late March trade. The 26-year-old righty had a 7.21 ERA in ten starts in 2013, allowing 82 hits in 48.2 innings. He was hit around in Spring Training this year, posting a 13.50 ERA and allowing 22 hits in 10.2 innings.
AA: Altoona (12-17) vs Bowie (15-15) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 8.10)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Bowie 1
Wandy Rodriguez will make his second rehab start. In his debut, he went 3.1 innings, giving up four runs(three earned) on four hits and three walks and three strikeouts. He went on the disabled list on April 21st with right knee inflammation. With the Pirates, Rodriguez had a 7.65 ERA in four starts, with 26 hits and six walks allowed over 20 innings. He has allowed seven home runs, most in the National League.
High-A: Bradenton (16-15) @ Ft Myers (17-14) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (3-2, 5.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 3, Bradenton 2
Chad Kuhl will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 28.1 innings, allowing 34 hits, three homers and three walks. He has 19 strikeouts, a 1.67 GO/AO ratio and a .293 BAA. Kuhl allowed three homers in his last game after not giving up a single home run in his first 18 starts as a pro. In three road starts, he has a 1.72 ERA vs a 9.24 ERA at home.
Low-A: West Virginia (11-20) vs Savannah (19-9) 10:30am 5/7
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 2, West Virginia 1
West Virginia has off today. They are in last place in their division, 12 games behind first place Hagerstown. The Power are 3-11 at home, 8-9 on the road and 4-6 in their last ten games. On Wednesday, West Virginia and Savannah will begin a three game series. It will be the first and only time these two teams meet this season. The Power do not make a trip to Savannah this year.
5/5: Jeff Locke promoted to Pirates. Casey Sadler assigned to Indianapolis.
5/4: Jose Osuna placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich added to Bradenton roster.
5/4: Kenn Kasparek promoted to Indianapolis.
5/3: Cody Eppley assigned in Indianapolis roster.
5/3: Reese McGuire activated from disabled list. Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/2: Benji Gonzalez traded to San Diego Padres.
5/2: Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Carlos Paulino placed on disabled list.
5/2: Jordan Steranka placed on disabled list. Taylor Lewis added to Bradenton roster.
5/1: Robert Andino activated from Indianapolis disabled list. Adalberto Santos assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/1: Wandy Rodriguez assigned to Altoona roster on rehab.
4/30 Elvis Escobar added to West Virginia roster. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.
4/29: Cody Eppley transferred to Jamestown roster.
4/29: Ralph Henriquez added to Altoona roster.
4/27: Reese McGuire placed on disabled list. Kawika Emsley-Pai added to West Virginia roster.
4/27: Casey Sadler promoted to majors. Jared Hughes sent to Indianapolis.
4/27: Tyler Waldron promoted to Indianapolis.
4/27 Omir Santos added to Indianapolis roster.
4/27: Josh Smith assigned to Bradenton roster. Oderman Rocha sent to Extended Spring Training.
4/26: Bryton Trepagnier assigned to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi sent to Extended Spring Training.
4/26: Brandon Mann added to Altoona roster. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.
4/25: Tyler Glasnow added to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training.
4/24: Oderman Rocha and Andy Otamendi assigned to Bradenton. Bryton Trepagnier and Josh Smith assigned to Extended Spring Training
4/23: Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Brandon Mann sent to Bradenton.
4/22: Zack Dodson placed on DL. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.
4/22: Brent Morel placed on Bereavement List. Cody Eppley added to Indianapolis roster.
4/21: Jared Hughes recalled to majors. Jay Jackson added to Indianapolis roster.
4/20: Carlos Paulino assigned from Indianapolis to Altoona roster. Ralph Henriquez assigned to Jamestown roster.
4/19: Chris Stewart activated from disabled list. Tony Sanchez sent to Indianapolis.
4/18: Quinton Miller added to Altoona roster. Kelson Brown placed on disabled list.
4/17: Jovany Lopez loaned to Rojos del Aguila of the Veracruz League(Mexico)
4/17: Eric Wood activated from disabled list and added to Bradenton roster. D.J. Crumlich reassigned to minor league camp.
4/16: Collin Balester activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.
4/16: Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis. Jay Jackson transferred to Jamestown roster.
4/14: Luis Heredia placed on disabled list. Brett McKinney added to West Virginia roster.
4/13: Adalberto Santos transferred from Indianapolis to Jamestown roster.
4/12: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis. Josh Kinney transferred to Jamestown roster.
4/11: Chris Stewart transferred from Bradenton to Indianapolis.
4/11: Jeff Locke activated from disabled list. Assigned to Indianapolis.
4/7: Barrett Barnes and Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list. Adam Landecker and Justin Maffei added to West Virginia roster.
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