Injuries have played a big role in the minor leagues this year. A lot of top prospects have missed time, and that includes Jameson Taillon, the top pitching prospect, going down with Tommy John surgery. In the last week, the injuries have started to hit the Major League team as well.
Wandy Rodriguez was the first to go down, although the move was convenient for the Pirates, since Rodriguez was struggling and had lost some velocity on his fastball. That allowed them to bring up Brandon Cumpton, who pitched well in his first start. After that start, I wrote that Cumpton should stay in the rotation. Prior to the start, Ryan Palencer wrote about Cumpton's strong start this year, and talked with scouts about his upside.
Later in the week, Russell Martin and Jason Grilli were placed on the DL. They were replaced by Jared Hughes and Tony Sanchez. Hughes also was the initial replacement for Rodriguez, and the Pirates hit a snafu on Friday when they tried to recall Hughes (detailed in the...
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