- Trade Stuff: James Krug of isportsweb likes the Byrd deal, and adds that he believes C John Buck was thrown in at the Mets' request (although Kelly Shoppach hitting under the Mendoza line at Indy could have had some bearing, too). That would explain why NY added cash to the deal. Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs gave it his stamp of approval, too. FG's Nathaniel Stoltz thinks the Mets got a sleeper and a keeper in Dilson Herrera.
- Marlon Byrd hit a home run and tallied three RBI in his first game with the Pirates. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Byrd is the third Pirates player to hit a home run and have at least three RBI in his first game with the team after playing for another MLB team earlier in the season. Derrek Lee hit two home runs and had three RBI on August 1, 2011 after being traded from the Orioles and Shawon Dunston hit two home runs and drove in four runs on September 2, 1997 after being acquired from the Cubs.
- Jason Grilli is going to Altoona this weekend to get some rehab work. After five weeks off, he should be ready to rejoin the club next week.
- The good report on Wandy yesterday does not necessarily mean that he'll pitch again this year. Dr. Andrews' diagnosis, which matches the Pirates, is that he doesn't have structural damage but just inflammation. The lefty won't need to go under the knife but should be ready to go for 2014. The Bucs will continue to work him in a pitching program and see where that leads. OF Robbie Grossman, one of the prospects the Bucs traded for Wandy, is doing pretty well for Houston.
- A little more to clarify the Jeff Locke/Tony Sanchez demotions: neither is eligible for the playoff rosters right now. The only way they could be added is if someone currently on the active roster goes on the DL between now and October. Locke is due for down time and won't pitch for the Curve; Sanchez should see some PT to stay sharp.
- Indy won 1-0 last night behind Brandon Cumpton, who went seven innings, giving up two hits, two walks and punching out six. That start knocked him out of a chance to throw against the Cardinals on Sunday; it looks more and more like Jeanmar Gomez will get that start, although Kris Johnson is still alive for the call; his 10 day minor league waiting period is over.
- Altoona OF Alex Dickerson was named to the Eastern League postseason all-star team. His line was .287 BA, 16 HR and 65 RBI as he put together a scorching second half to the season.
- West Virginia Power teammates OF Josh Bell (.281/12/75) and RHP Tyler Glasnow (8-3/2.29) were named to the 2013 South Atlantic League All Star Team.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
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