The West Virginia Power placed third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes on the disabled list on Monday, making the move retroactive to July 21st.
The move isn’t surprising, as we found out a few days ago that Hayes has been out with a back issue. He has not played since July 10th. It is a bit surprising that they made the move retroactive, since the minor league disabled list is only seven days, and they didn’t add anyone to the active roster.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington was asked on Sunday about the injury to Hayes, as well as his progress. He had this to say:
“The back is progressing well. As we’ve done pretty much with every young player, we’re pretty conservative with the return. Love his first full year out. Did some great things out of the gates. They made the adjustment to him, and the game of baseball is all about adjustments, so he’s had to adjust back. We love what he’s doing defensively. Physically, he’s in great shape. This young man loves to play. Obviously he has a strong family background, but loves to play. He’s intelligent. Works the game, and we love what his bat can become, and already a very good defensive player.”
As for those adjustments Huntington mentioned, Abigail Miskowiec talked to Hayes and West Virginia Power manager Brian Esposito about that very subject late last month. You can see the article here if you missed it. Hayes is hitting .263/.319/.393 in 65 games this season.