The Altoona Curve open their season tonight. We announced their 2023 roster three days ago, while noting that they had more players than active roster spots. They got down to that limit on Thursday.
Altoona placed catcher Carter Bins on the 7-day injured list. They also placed pitcher Brad Case on the 7-day injured list. As mentioned in the roster article, he had a minor setback during Spring Training and he was working out down at Pirate City, which is why he wasn’t on the announced roster.
The other roster moves are all players who have been sent to the Developmental List. That list allows teams to have players around in case they are needed, without placing them on the injured list with a phantom injury. In the case of pitchers, sometimes they go on the list because they won’t be pitching again for at least a few days.
Pitchers Omar Cruz and Bear Bellomy were placed on the list, along with infielder Claudio Finol and outfielder Fabricio Macias.
You can see the Altoona season preview here.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
Love the ‘Phantom Zone’ stories. 😁