Pirates Call Up Keon Broxton, Kang Placed on 60-Day DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the call up of outfielder Keon Broxton from Indianapolis. To make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton, Jung-Ho Kang was placed on the 60-day disabled list. As first reported here yesterday, Broxton will add some speed, power and depth to the Pirates’ bench for the last two weeks. He stole 39 bases in the minors this season, splitting his time between Altoona and Indianapolis. He was the only Pirates’ minor leaguer this season to reach double digits in doubles, triples, homers and steals.

This move also keeps Broxton from becoming a minor league free agent at the end of the season.

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emjayinTN

Are there enough games left for Pedro Alvarez to match the 29 errors of “Dr. Strangeglove”, Dick Stuart, in 1963? He only has 21 errors so far, more than twice as many as any other MLB First Baseman, but he has that ability to be a special kind of defensive player like he showed last night.

NMR

Really is incredible, isn’t it? Truly inexplicable.

We’re talking about a guy who by all rights was a fine fielding third baseman just one year ago, albeit with no idea where his throws were headed. Just one fielding error in 326 chances.

Fast forward to now and all the sudden he turns into a guy with seven(!) errors from just straight-up missing a catch and eleven fielding errors in just 193 chances. Who does that?

Can there be any other explanation than the first base mitt?

emjayinTN

That play last night showed no concentration whatsoever, and the way he just walks off showing no sign of any type of feeling after he strikes out is beyond anything I have ever seen in MLB.

I thought that with the speed up rules I would never have to see that stupid golf swing practice swing, but he has managed to work it into his regular routine again – is that a type of practice swing being promoted by some hitting method? He has the ability to make contact and hit the ball straight out, but the good habits never linger with him too long. I used to think he had potential, but he seems to be just happy cruising out.

Bucco52

He appears to be using a double t outfielders glove.

Luke S

Not insane for him to possibly finish with as many errors as home runs. It’ll drive fans insane though.

emjayinTN

Speaking on the rules – Alen Hanson is on the 40 but not on the active roster – is there any limit on the number of players on the team in Sep? As a switchhitting iF who has played 2B/3B/SS and tied for the lead in SB’s in AAA, why not?

rich

In September, teams can activate anyone on their 40-man roster. (Note: the limit is back to 25 in the playoffs. with confusing rules on setting up the active 25 for each series and determining which of the “other 15” would be eligible for post-season play.) Hurdle has stated that he finds it counterproductive to promote “too many” players in Sept. He wants to go to battle with the guys that have been there all season and only fill specific needs with as few players as possible.

Bill W

Would this move impact Kang if he is healthy enough to start the season? Meaning would they would be able to use him day 1?

rich

Yes. The 60-starts clean shortly after the end of the season so teams don’t stash them away. You can replace them on the 60-day during spring training starting a new 60-day clock

emjayinTN

Thanks for the info – it makes sense.

burghb

Wouldn’t worry about that…

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