According to the Eastern League transactions over at MiLB, the Altoona Curve placed right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal on the disabled list. To take his roster spot, outfielder Bryan Reynolds has been activated from the disabled list. Earlier in the day we announced that Eduardo Vera had been promoted to Altoona. They will still need to clear a roster spot for him once he has been activated. It appears now that he will take Agrazal’s starting spot, although I wouldn’t rule out a starter being promoted because Altoona still has five other starters besides Vera.
Agrazal was pitching outstanding until his last two starts in which he gave up a total of ten earned runs over the last ten innings. Thanks to his terrific start, he still has a 2.79 ERA, a .229 BAA and a 1.01 WHIP in 51.2 innings. The injury is listed as a right shoulder strain and the move was made retroactive to May 26th.
As I first reported here, Reynolds has been playing for over a week in Extended Spring Training games after breaking his hamate bone in the fourth game of the season. Reynolds came over from the San Francisco Giants in the Andrew McCutchen deal. The 23-year-old switch-hitter was 3-for-13 with two doubles and a triple before the injury.
Brett McKinney has also been released according to the International League MiLB transaction page. He had pitched just five times this season, spending time on the disabled list and at one point he was an extra pitcher for Indianapolis, assigned to Morgantown in a paper move. He was a 19th round draft pick in the 2013 draft. His release doesn’t open up a spot, as he was still on the DL.
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