The Bradenton Marauders have activated shortstop Cole Tucker from the disabled list. This comes just 22 days after he fractured his thumb, which was low end for his return estimate of 3-6 weeks. Tucker was hitting .271/.359/.420 through 51 games at the time of the injury. Between three canceled games due to weather and the FSL All-Star break, he missed just 14 games total.
The Marauders also added reliever Geoff Hartlieb to their roster today. He was promoted from West Virginia after posting an 0.83 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and a 3.00 GO/AO ratio in 20 appearances. He takes the roster spot of Jake Brentz, who was promoted to Altoona yesterday. Tucker took the spot left vacated by John Bormann, who was promoted to Indianapolis when Jacob Stallings was called up earlier this week.
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