The Indianapolis Indians have placed third baseman Brent Morel on the disabled list today with plantar fasciitis. He has played 42 games for Indianapolis this year and struggled, hitting .222/.287/.340 in 153 at-bats. Morel got in one game for the Pittsburgh Pirates, striking out in his only at-bat.
It was announced last night that Mel Rojas Jr. was being promoted to Indianapolis and that move was made official today. His place on the Altoona Curve roster will be taken by outfielder Junior Sosa, who was transferred to the Jamestown roster in early April. Sosa actually made the Curve Opening Day roster, but never played and was demoted when Stetson Allie was added to the roster on April 4th.
In one other move that was on paper only, Austin Meadows was added to the West Virginia roster, but he is not active. He is still down in Bradenton, working back from a hamstring injury, as reported here yesterday.
There were also a number of moves announced here yesterday, including Chris Dickerson going on the DL, Brandon Mann being released and Ryan Beckman being added to Altoona, and eight DSL players were released.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
Good for Rojas…and here’s hoping Broxton gets bumped up when Polanco is promoted.