The Pittsburgh Pirates had a few minor league transactions on Thursday, including three players getting promoted.
Ji-hwan Bae left Sunday’s Indianapolis game early after running down the first base line and he hasn’t played since. On Thursday, he was placed on a 7-day injured list with a left oblique strain. He is currently hitting .297/.364/.450 in 83 games, with 29 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases. Bae was likely in line for a promotion to the majors after the trade deadline, so this is bad timing for him, especially if it’s long-term.
The Pirates promoted Mike Jarvis from Greensboro to Indianapolis. This was likely done out of a need for a versatile player short-term for Indianapolis because Jarvis was hitting just .175 since joining Greensboro a few weeks ago. He has played six positions since being drafted last year, which will help out for an Indianapolis team that had a bench that consisted of two catchers yesterday and that’s it.
Outfielder Angel Basabe moved from Bradenton to Greensboro. He was hitting .257/.353/.378 in 25 games for Bradenton this year. This also could be a short-term promotion because Jase Bowen would have likely moved up if it was a long-term spot. Basabe was doing well in the pitcher-friendly league, but Bowen has been playing well for a much longer time at the level.
Outfielder Jauri Custodio moved from the FCL Pirates to Bradenton. He has a 1.072 OPS in the FCL, though he has played just 12 games.
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Oh Gawd. Just more reason to keep Van Meter around?
This is why I don’t have any oblique muscles… Can’t strain what you don’t have🤣🤣
Do the Pirates ever have any good news?
Shelton’s still the manager and VanMeter is still the assistant manager so no is the correct answer!
I guess when they sign TJ tonigh or soon thereafter that can be considered good news.