Outfielder Harold Ramirez returns to the West Virginia Power today. He went on the disabled list back on April 7th with a hamstring injury. Ramirez is ranked tenth among all prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The injury occurred as he ran down the first base line on a ground ball. At that point, he had played just four games. Barrett Barnes also injured his hamstring running down the line in that same inning and he has yet to return to action.
Ramirez will take the roster spot of Mike Fransoso, who was transferred to the Jamestown roster. He hit .215 in 22 games, with a .628 OPS.
In other news, first baseman Matt Curry returned from the disabled list and he was transferred from the Indianapolis roster to Altoona. Curry hasn’t played since a three game rehab stint in early July last year in the Gulf Coast League. He played in only 29 games all of last season. He has dealt with an assortment of injuries, including hamate surgery last year.
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.