Minor Moves: Altoona Roster Changes, JaCoby Jones Listed Day-to-Day, Pitcher Released

The Altoona Curve had a bunch of roster moves on Sunday, mostly due to their involvement in a brawl on Wednesday. There is some news and non-news on two players that has missed the last two games and we tie up some loose ends with the Dominican League Pirates team.

Three players have served their suspensions already and returned to action on Sunday. Jarek Cunningham, Gift Ngoepe and Yao-Hsun Yang each served three game suspensions, with two of the games coming yesterday during a doubleheader.

On Sunday, Keon Broxton and Andy Vasquez began serving their three game suspensions. Both of them will return on Wednesday.

Altoona also made a roster move that wasn’t due to the suspensions. Pitcher Matt Benedict was sent to Bradenton and reliever Jason Townsend took his place. Townsend made two appearances for Jamestown, pitching an inning each time. Benedict had a 7.54 ERA in 37 innings with Altoona this year.

JaCoby Jones was scratched from Saturday’s lineup after he tweaked his knee during warm-ups. He missed Sunday’s game as well and is listed as day-to-day. A trip to the disabled list is unlikely at this point.

Alen Hanson has sat the last two games, including the second game of last night’s doubleheader and Sunday’s day game. I was told that it is just rest, nothing else.

In two pieces of DSL Pirates news that are a little old, but were never reported, the Pirates loaned infielder Carlos Esqueda to Veracruz of the Mexican League and pitcher Ramon Rodriguez was released. Esqueda joins pitcher Jovany Lopez, who is also on loan to Veracruz. Rodriguez has signed with the Astros and is currently pitching in the DSL. Rodriguez was one of the best pitchers for the DSL Pirates last year, but at age 21, he is a bit old for the league. The 6’4″ right-hander had a 2.86 ERA in 14 starts in 2013.

John Dreker

Author: 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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