Barrett Barnes Progressing Nicely, Andrew Lambo Returns to Action

Here are two videos from Barrett Barnes today from down in the Gulf Coast League, where he is on a rehab assignment, coming back from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since early April. The first video is Barnes lining a hit into right field, followed by a video of him drawing a walk. Both videos are courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page.

After playing six innings for the third time this week, including the second day in a row today, I asked Barnes about how he felt afterwards. What is was like for him to get back into game action after being out for three months. He summed up his day by saying.

“I feel pretty good. Things are coming back, the feel at the dish and in the outfield, even got to go second to home on a single and the leg felt great.”

I also talked to him after yesterday’s game and he said he was just trying to test his hamstring a little more each day. By scoring from second on a single and feeling fine after playing two days in a row, it looks like things are progressing nicely to get him back into full-season ball. I was able to see Barnes play a few times last year and was impressed by his all out play. He seems to have all the skills to be a five tool player, he obviously just needs to stay on the field and let those skills speak for themselves.

Here is the second video of Barnes drawing a walk in the fifth inning. He is 2-for-4 with three walks and two HBP in his three rehab games so far. Barnes said the plan is to take the day off tomorrow, then play three games in which he plays seven innings(team has off on Sunday), then three games in which he plays all nine innings. From there he will either report to West Virginia or stay in Bradenton with the High-A club. His assignment hasn’t been decided yet.

Lambo Returns To Field

Also in the GCL today, Andrew Lambo played his first game since May 4th. He attempted to come back from a thumb injury in late-May by going the rest and rehab route, but the injury wasn’t making any progress, so he had to have surgery. Lambo was the first baseman today and he went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He can actually be seen running to second base in the video of Barnes hit above. Lambo was hitting .344/.430/.570 in 26 games with Indianapolis this year before the injury.

John Dreker

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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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  • freddylang

    Hoping Lambo comes back on fire and replaces Snider but more likely he be up Sept 1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andy.prough.3 Andy Prough

      If Lambo could keep up a 1.000 OPS, he could make Ike Davis expendable. Hell – if he could hit for an .800 or above OPS, he’d be doing better than all but Ike’s 36-game season in 2011.

      • freddylang

        It will probably take him at least a few weeks to get rolling but hopefully he is in the mlb by August although I am not getting my hopes up.

  • freddylang

    …and glad Barnes is back. Enough time for him to get back to full season ball so he can be a healthy trade chip.