In Indianapolis this morning, Francisco Liriano will make his fourth rehab start as he builds his pitch count and works his way back to the majors. He has been great in two of his outings and he got hit hard in his other. Indianapolis has a 5.5 game lead in their division. West Virginia has off today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.
AAA: Indianapolis (19-7) VS Gwinnett (12-14) 11:05am
Probable starter: Francisco Liriano (1-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Gwinnett 2
Francisco Liriano will get his second start for Indianapolis and his fourth start during this 30-day rehab stint. In his only start for Indy, Liriano threw 79 pitches over five innings, allowing one run on four hits and no walks, while picking up eight strikeouts. He got roughed up in his previous outing while with Altoona, giving up four runs in 2.2 innings. In his first rehab start for Bradenton, he threw three perfect innings, striking out six batters.
AA: Altoona (11-13) VS Akron (10-14) 6:30pm
Probable starter: David Bromberg (0-2, 7.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2, Akron 0
David Bromberg will get his second start for Altoona tonight. He has also pitched three times in relief. His first appearance this season was a start against Richmond on 4/15 at home. Bromberg went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. In his three relief appearances, he has allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. He has also picked up eight strikeouts over that time.
High-A: Bradenton (8-15) VS Brevard County (13-11) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 4.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Brevard County 6, Bradenton 1
Adrian Sampson will make his fifth start of the year for Bradenton. In his last start, he gave up one run over 4.2 innings, though he did walk a season high three batters. He has pitched a total of 16.2 innings this season, giving up twenty hits, seven walks and he has 14 strikeouts. Sampson has gone five full innings just once this year, on 4/19 against Palm Beach when he struck out seven batters. He has a .299 BAA and a 0.67 GO/AO ratio, the lowest among all starters in the system.
Low-A: West Virginia (10-15) VS Greensboro (11-12) 7:05pm 5/1
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-2, 4.68)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 10, Savannah 1
West Virginia is off today. When they resume play on Wednesday, they will take on Greensboro at home, with Joely Rodriguez on the mound make his sixth start of the year. At 3-8, West Virginia is tied with Lakewood for the worst home record in the South Atlantic League. The Power are 3-7 in their last ten games. Stetson Allie leads the SAL with eight homers. He is two behind league leader Josh Bell with 26 RBI’s and he ranks fifth with his .351 batting average. Orlando Castro(1.67) and Tyler Glasnow(1.80) are sixth and eighth in the league in ERA.
4/28 Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Altoona. Emmanuel De Leon added to Bradenton roster.
4/26 Jose Contreras promoted to Indianapolis
4/24 Traded Roman Colon to the Atlanta Braves
4/24 Placed Tyler Waldron and Jason Townsend on the disabled list. Added Justin Howard and Ethan Hollingsworth to Altoona roster
4/24 Assigned Jonathan Schwind to West Virginia roster. Reassigned Lance Breedlove to Extended Spring Training
4/23 Brandon Inge promoted to majors. Alex Presley sent down to Indianapolis. Oscar Tejeda sent to Altoona
4/23 Assigned Charlie Morton to the Altoona roster
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