Minor Moves: Holmes Off DL, d’Arnaud Starts Rehab

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a handful of minor league moves today involving West Virginia and Bradenton.

d'Arnaud makes his season debut today

d’Arnaud makes his season debut today

Clay Holmes was activated off the disabled list and will start tonight. He had a minor ankle injury. He last pitched eight days ago.

To make room for Holmes, West Virginia assigned reliever Josh Smith to the Jamestown roster.

Chase d’Arnaud will make his 2013 debut today for Bradenton. He is on a rehab assignment, as he works he way back from a Spring Training thumb injury that required surgery. He had a minor setback a few days ago when he was hit on the wrist by a pitch while playing in Extended Spring Training.

Pitcher Cesar Lopez has been sent back to Extended Spring Training. The high bonus pitcher from Cuba made two appearances out of the bullpen and got hammered in three total innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks. He spent most of last year in the Gulf Coast League, so this was a big jump for him and only a temporary move brought on by injuries and promotions.

Taking Lopez’s spot on the roster in pitcher Kurt Yacko. The 25-year-old righty was signed recently after being let go by the Colorado Rockies. This will be his debut in the Pirates system. He has been in Extended Spring Training working on a knuckleball, which he has recently started throwing. More on that new pitch in tomorrow’s Prospect Notebook.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    John…I never neard of Cesar Lopez, esp being a high bonus signing from Cuba. Do you have anything on him?



    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      ‘Never heard’…what a neard I am. ;)

  • John Dreker

    He wasn’t a high profile signing, but he has been around awhile. He signed for $600k in Sept of 2010. Here is his player page on the site http://players.piratesprospects.com/2011/08/cesar-lopez.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Never mind…found him in the prospect book. from what I read there, why in heaven’s name would we give such a non-descript, now 22, going on 23yr old, $600,000??

    Sounds like a total waste of funds.


    • John Dreker

      He threw 94 MPH before signing him and hasn’t reached that since. It is definitely curious to see how little progress he has had. Going by his age and bonus, a lot of people(myself included) assumed he would have been a starter at West Virginia last season. It was surprising he wasn’t there this year too.

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