With Nevin Ashley on call for the majors, it seems like there was a chain-reaction with catcher moves in the minors. Kawika Emsley-Pai moves from the West Virginia Power to the Altoona Curve. Francisco Diaz moved from the Jamestown roster to West Virginia. Diaz started the year with the Power and was joined by Emsley-Pai when Reese McGuire went on the disabled list. When McGuire returned, Diaz was the one removed from the active roster.
Taking the place pf Ashley on the Indianapolis roster is catcher Ralph Henriquez. He is actually replacing Brandon Cumpton on the roster, but with Ashley in Pittsburgh, Henriquez will serve as the catcher along with Omir Santos. Cumpton will be recalled for the doubleheader for the Pirates in New York. Henriquez has been the backup to Elias Diaz in Altoona this year.
In other news, West Virginia first baseman Edwin Espinal was placed on the disabled list with a minor hand injury. He shouldn’t be out for more than the 7-day DL stay. Adam Landecker took his place on the roster. Espinal is hitting .252/.284/.323 in 35 games. He was on a recent hot streak, but an 0-for-9 in his last two games halted that.
Wrapping up the recent transactions, relief pitcher Cody Eppley was assigned to the Jamestown roster when Jaff Decker was sent back to Indianapolis. Eppley has had a rough time in six appearances with Indianapolis, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and five walks in 3.1 innings.