Minor Moves: Oneil Cruz Returns to Bradenton; Hunter Owen Placed on Injured List

The Pittsburgh Pirates moved shortstop Oneil Cruz back to Bradenton on Sunday after three games in the Gulf Coast League on rehab. Cruz is in today’s lineup. He went 6-for-10 with a double, walk and a stolen base in his three GCL games, playing 21 innings at shortstop without an error. He had been out of action since April 28th due to a right foot fracture. Prior to the injury, Cruz hit .238/.304/.333 in 11 games with the Marauders, while also missing time in early April due to lower body discomfort. To make room on the Bradenton roster, Chase Lambert was placed on the injured list.

Hunter Owen was placed on a Indianapolis injured list after suffering a left hand contusion on a hit-by-pitch back on June 24th. His 7-day injured list stint was made retroactive to June 27th, which is the maximum amount of days you can backdate a trip to the injured list. Owen was promoted to Indianapolis on June 20th and was already having a difficult time before the hit-by-pitch, going 2-for-16 with two singles, no walks and seven strikeouts.

Finally, Yandy Vega and Hai-Cheng Gong have been going on quite an adventure together this year. The two young right-handed pitchers began the year in Morgantown (after spending the spring at Pirate City), then moved down to Bristol. They went to the GCL a short time later and now they are both back at Morgantown today. They each made one appearance for each team and those three appearances came on the same days for both of them. To answer your question, they aren’t conjoined twins.