Minor Moves: Nick Gonzales to 60-Day IL; Toribio and MacGregor Moves Made Official

A group of minor league moves have been announced throughout the Pittsburgh Pirates system on Tuesday afternoon. The big news is that Nick Gonzales has been transferred to the 60-day IL. He hurt his heel running down to first base and it was originally said to just be a few days, but he last played on May 31st, so we won’t see him back until July 31st at the earliest, just six weeks before the end of the season. He was hitting .247/.366/.377 in 43 games at the time of the injury.

If you missed it from yesterday, Travis MacGregor and Noe Toribio have been promoted to Indianapolis. Details here.

Altoona is getting Aaron Shortridge and Jeffrey Passantino, who were both on rehab assignments. Shortridge missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery. He made three starts for Bradenton and allowed one run in nine innings. Passantino was hurt during Spring Training.  He gave up six runs in seven innings for Greensboro during his rehab.

The Marauders placed Jake Sweeney on the 7-day injured list, joining Anthony Solometo and Brennan Malone, who went on the IL late last week. To replace those lost pitchers, Sebastian Rodriguez and Yoelvis Reyes were promoted from the FCL Pirates. The 22-year-old Reyes allowed five runs over 6.1 innings in the FCL. The 21-year-old Rodriguez allowed one run over seven innings, picking up ten strikeouts.

In a late update, Jack Herman has been placed on the newly created full season injured list. The 22-year-old outfielder hit .230/.304/.320 in 35 games this season for Greensboro.

As mentioned yesterday, Indianapolis has added Kevin Newman, Yoshi Tustsugo and Josh VanMeter on rehab assignments. It was reported by a few sources late this afternoon that Ben Gamel will also be joining Indianapolis soon, possibly tomorrow.

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Glad to see Shortridge back in action.


Boy, they sure are cautious! He’ll be passed up by others soon.


Confused about this whole gonzales situation

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He hurt his heel running down to first base and it was originally said to just be a few days, but he last played on May 31st, so we won’t see him back until July 31st at the earliest

The new transparency . . . .


Pretty sure i remember when they announced that the injury should be only a couple days that you correctly predicted he’d be out for months.


Yeah basically a lost season all around for him. Fall League a possibility?


He was there last year and raked but just for reps sake would be nice for him to get something out of the season.

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