I was going to wait a little longer to put in my guesses for the Arizona Fall League participants for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but some news came out yesterday and it alluded to one of the possibilities. Sean McCool reported last night that Altoona second baseman Kevin Kramer won't be back this season due to continuing pain in his hand, which was broken by a pitch just over two months ago.
In that report, Curve manager Michael Ryan mentioned that Kramer would like to play fall ball, whether it was in the Fall Instructional League or the AFL. That really isn't an either/or situation because Instructs basically end at the same time players are sent to join their AFL team, so you can do both. In case you missed it, we posted an article with AFL information last week, which included the sche...
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