Kevin Kramer Placed on Disabled List with Right Hand Fracture

The Altoona Curve placed second baseman Kevin Kramer on the disabled list today due to a right hand fracture. Kramer was hit by a pitch on the hand in the ninth inning of yesterday’s game and was removed for a pinch-runner. It was the 12th time he has been hit this season.

Kramer was our Player of the Month in April after posting a 1.091 OPS. His stats slipped in May, though he still put up an .822 OPS, so it wasn’t a bad month. He was off to the slow start in June, as his average dropped below .300 this week and he had a .560 OPS in nine games. On the season, he is batting .297/.380/.500 in 53 games.

With less than three months left in the minor league season (ends September 4th), he is going to miss a significant portion of the remaining schedule. The timetable for his return is unknown at this time and will depend on the severity of the injury.

We will announce a roster move to fill his spot once one is made. Chris Diaz would have been the likely replacement, but he was just traded to the Miami Marlins organization in a deal that I’m sure will result in no return announced for the Pirates. Diaz wasn’t playing, so it was more of a favor to a player that has been around for five years and wasn’t being used.

  • The injuries to our middle infielders across the system is absurd

    • Some injuries are worse than others due to the ages of some of them. Kramer is 23 and will turn 24 later this year. He cannot afford a long term injury. Cole Tucker, OTOH, is still only 20 and is already very young for his level of play. And these injuries are why we see a lot of batters looking like football players going up to the plate with multiple pads, and the gloves used by Marte and others so as not to injure their hands when sliding headfirst.

      The Pirates have a ridiculous redundancy of MI’s, especially at the upper levels. We keep everybody and then go out on the market and get more – Chris Bostick and Phil Gosselin prior to 2017. We have unloaded Hanson, but how much other deadwood is still in place. No big deal, unless those folks at AAA keep others from being promoted, but that’s a management problem.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 11, 2017 6:56 pm

    That is too bad….he looks like the best prospect on that Altoona team. I hope he can return this year.

    Off topic….how much longer are the Pirates going to keep Hudson in Pittsburgh? He’s a HR waiting to happen…cannot believe Hurdle put him in today with just a 3-0 lead.

  • piraterican21
    June 11, 2017 6:56 pm

    Our AFL squad is Gonna consist of players returning from the DL.

  • Pbbbt. At least the kid has two months of good hitting to show for himself.

  • Irredeemable

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  • Inconceivable!

  • Unbelievable