The Pittsburgh Pirates made a lot of roster moves over the last two days involving all eight Pirates affiliates. Yesterday we announced JaCoby Jones to the DL, along with five other rosters moves. Today’s moves are as follows:
Indianapolis placed catcher Nevin Ashley and infielder Blake Davis on the disabled list. These moves were made to make room for Michael Martinez and Brent Morel after both returned from a stint with the Pirates.
Bristol received infielder Nathan Sopena from Jamestown and sent pitcher Oderman Rocha to Jamestown. Bristol also received pitcher Julio Vivas from the GCL Pirates and placed catcher Andrew Dennis on the 60-day disabled list. Dennis got into just five games this year after being injured on a play at the plate in his first game. Vivas has pitched great this year in the GCL. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in over a month. Vivas has a 1.17 ERA and a 25:1 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.
In the DSL, first baseman Yunelky Adames was released. He was a fourth year player, so he had to be released or promoted to the United States after this season, which ends on Saturday. Adames had a .775 OPS in 54 games this year. He is just a few days short of his 24th birthday, so he was one of the oldest players in the entire DSL. Adames missed most of last year with an ankle injury.
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