The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-handed pitcher Chad Kuhl on the disabled list prior to Friday’s game. They have recalled infielder Max Moroff to take his spot on the roster.
Kuhl is listed as having a right forearm strain, which caused him to leave his last start early. No other updates have been given yet on his condition. His spot in the rotation will likely be taken by Nick Kingham, who was originally listed as the starter for Indianapolis on Saturday, but has been replaced (according to the Indy website) by Mitch Keller. Kingham would probably go on Monday against the Dodgers.
As mentioned in today’s Morning Report, Moroff is coming up to be the backup shortstop. That’s a spot that was left open when Sean Rodriguez went on the disabled list on Wednesday. When/of Kingham joins the team, he won’t be added until the day he’s scheduled to start, then a reliever (Tanner Anderson or Clay Holmes) should return to Indianapolis.
Some other minors moves from today. The Alfredo Reyes promotion we mentioned on Wednesday became official today. Matt Eckelman will also join him in Altoona.
We mentioned in the Prospect Watch last night that Brett Pope was promoted to Bradenton and that became official today.
Not mentioned anywhere was that Elvis Escobar is joining West Virginia, and if you didn’t know, he made the switch to a pitcher. He’s been on the disabled list for about a month, but he wasn’t hurt, just lost his roster spot. He switched to pitching after they saw him hit 94 in a mop-up appearance. He has hit 95 MPH since. He’s a free agent at the end of the year, so this is a real last ditch effort to get something out of him, but lefties who hit 94-95 don’t grow on trees.