Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL

The Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power have announced the following moves over the last day:


**Orlando Castro placed on the DL, retro July 21st, with left shoulder fatigue. Castro was promoted to Altoona in the last month, but has struggled at the new level. This has been standard for him at a new level, and each time he returns the next year to have success in the rotation. Castro was dealing with some dead arm around early June, and his velocity was at the lower end of his range before being promoted. This is another annual problem for him, and could raise concerns about his durability as a starter over a full season.

**Justin Howard was activated off the Altoona DL and was assigned to Bradenton.

**Matt Benedict was promoted to Altoona from Bradenton.

West Virginia

**Infielder Francisco Aponte and left-handed pitcher Jared LaKind were promoted from Jamestown to West Virginia.

**Outfielder Maximo Rivera was promoted from Bristol to West Virginia.

**Infielders Danny Collins and Chris Diaz, and right-handed pitcher Justin Topa were placed on the West Virginia DL.

Author: Tim Williams

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  • Andrew Rothstein

    Does anybody know what happened to Matt Hague?

    • John Dreker

      Injured right shoulder, hasn’t put him on the DL, so it’s probably not bad

  • S Brooks

    John, I’ve noticed that since the all-star break, Rojas has generally been the one squeezed out of playing time among Lambo, Decker, Tabata, d’Arnaud and himself. The rotation has been Decker-d’Arnaud-Tabata, with Lambo (mostly) at DH and Rojas subbing in at each position once a week.

    I understand the need to give playing time to Decker and Lambo, and mostly understand it for Tabata, who is owed a lot of money, but why is d’Arnaud getting the bulk of at bats over Rojas, when Rojas is younger and a better hitter?

    • John Dreker

      Just just be getting him some rest. He is first among all Pirates minor leaguers in games played and third in plate appearances, so he has definitely seen his share of playing time this year

      • S Brooks

        OK thanks.

  • Joe Sweetnich


    Connor Joe in Bradenton at Pirate City?

    • John Dreker

      Still haven’t heard why he is there. He was with Jamestown for about five days, in uniform too, then had what was described as a minor setback and went to Pirates City. Since then, we haven’t heard anything. I’d expect him to play some GCL games before he goes anywhere, assuming it really was just a minor setback and he plays soon.

  • Andrew Rothstein

    Thanks John … I assume Barnes has hurt his hammy again?

    • John Dreker

      We are in the process of getting updates on everyone. I talked to Barnes today, all he said was that he will be back on the field as soon as possible and he seemed upbeat. He’s a great kid and loaded with talent, so he’s easy to root for. Like I mentioned, we should have updates on the players mentioned here and more within the next day.