Gerrit Cole has been activated from the disabled list, as expected since he will be making the start tonight. To make room on the active roster, Brent Morel has been optioned to Triple-A. Morel was brought up as an extra bench bat when Charlie Morton went on the disabled list.
Yesterday, Michael Martinez went down to Triple-A after Andrew McCutchen was activated from the DL. The Martinez/Morel/Nix trio is almost completely off the roster. Nix will probably be the guy on the way out when Clint Barmes returns from the disabled list. Barmes is making another rehab appearance today, and hit a homer for Indianapolis. He probably has a few more games left, and should be ready by early next week....
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