Some notes from the weekend…
-The big news was that the Pirates finally promoted Bryan Morris to Altoona. In eight starts this season, Morris put up a 0.60 ERA in 44.2 innings, with an 8.1 K/9 a 5.7 K/BB, and no homers allowed. Morris didn’t allow an earned run in his last 33 innings in Bradenton.
According to Rob Biertempfel, Neal Huntington said Morris could be in AAA by August. My guess is that Morris will take Derek Hankins’ spot in the rotation. My guess is that Morris will make his first start on May 22nd. Altoona has a double header that day, which would allow them to start Morris for one game, and Hankins the next game, and would allow Morris to take over Hankins’ spot going forward. By my estimation, Morris could see 14-15 starts at the AA level before the month of August.
-Jeff Sues was placed on the Altoona disabled list to make room for Morris.
-Brian Bass cleared waivers on Saturday and accepted his assignment to Indianapolis.
-The worst news of the weekend: Starling Marte may require surgery on a hamate injury. Marte will see a hand specialist on Monday to determine the course of action, although surgery seems likely. Marte could return this season, although a hamate injury takes awhile to get over. Pedro Alvarez had the injury in his final year in college, and saw his power take a big drop. He didn’t see the power return until June of 2009. So even if Marte does return by the end of the season, it’s an injury that could affect him well in to the 2011 season.