The Indianapolis Indians announced their Opening Day roster earlier, though it included more names than roster spaces. That was cleared up with some moves announced today.
Robert Stephenson begins the 2023 season on the Major League 15-day Injured List, but he was already pitching during Spring Training, so his rehab assignment with Indianapolis begins today.
Third baseman Jared Triolo, along with pitchers Tyler Chatwood, Blake Cederlind and Kent Emanuel have all been placed on the 7-day injured list. Unless the injuries to the pitchers were recent, then I would assume they would be minor. All three of those players left Pirate City a week ago, while some injured players stayed behind with the rehab group, which has players who are close to coming back. Triolo had a hamate injury that will keep him out around two months.
Grant Koch and Josh Bissonette were placed on the Development List, which is basically a reserve list for extra players, who can jump right in if needed.
The Pirates released third baseman Josh Broughton and pitcher Carlos Campos. Broughton never actually played for the team. He was signed this off-season out of independent ball. Campos has been around since the 2018 season, but the 21-year-old has always been in a relief role, with his work last year including him going to wherever he was needed at the lower levels. He pitched 139.1 innings over his four seasons (he didn’t play in 2020 obviously).
Pitcher Geronimo Franzua, a recent free agent signing, was placed on the 60-day Injured List, so he’s going to miss at least two months.
The news is worse for Nathan Webb, who has been placed on the full-season Injured List. No word yet on his injury.
Pitcher Cristofer Melendez has been placed on the restricted list. No word as to why that happened.
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Stephenson pitched an inning tonight, 15 P
Looked better than BOLTON who was saved by Perdermo
SELBY needed help from YDLSantos
YDLS was kind of rescued by Aldred who entered the game without realizing YERRY left him runners on 1st and 2nd, so off they went
For those who can’t view and read the box scores
So no one gets the wrong idea, 3 steals were uncontested
After the fireworks, IMO, they didn’t play very good baseball
Two positives, Ortiz’s start and in order
Swags, Gonzo, Endy- tonight obliterated a baseball 7 times combined
Last year it was poor AA batters
This year its poor AAA pitchers
Gonzo’s 1st AB, love to know exit velocity of line out to RF
Nunez as well he is still underrated
4 mentioned above are all Profession hitters just waiting for their turn
His name is Endy!
If stephenson could be healthy and build on the flashes we saw last year, could be a big boon for the big league pen
Emanuel pitched at Pirate City this afternoon, so he’s apparently OK now.