The West Virginia Power activated left-handed pitcher Cam Vieaux from the disabled list today and placed shortstop Stephen Alemais on the DL. Vieaux last pitched on May 7th when he allowed one run over five innings. He was placed on the disabled list a few days later due to tightness in his pitching arm. Vieaux has a 1.35 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in a start this season.
Alemais was injured in the ninth inning of last night’s game. He received a throw at second base and tagged the runner on the knee as he was sliding in. Alemais immediately shook off his glove, as he was in a lot of pain and appeared to grab his wrist. The trainer quickly walked him off of the field with a towel wrapped around his left hand/wrist. If we can get a further update, we will post it.
Also an update on left-handed pitcher Hector Garcia, who last pitched for West Virginia on April 24th. He had a shoulder issue which landed his on the DL, but he’s now headed down to Pirate City where he will throw some rehab outings before rejoining the Power.
Catcher Jin-De Jhang joins Altoona today after missing the start of the season and half of Spring Training due to an oblique injury. Jhang has been playing games for awhile now in Extended Spring Training, building up to be able to catch nine innings on back-to-back days. In an update a couple weeks back, we mentioned that he was catching for Nick Kingham while he was building up his innings at Pirate City, and Kingham has already made two regular season starts. So while Jhang has missed nearly 40 games, he has still done his share of catching over the last month.
To make room of the roster, Altoona placed catcher Zane Chavez on the DL with a concussion.
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