The Indianapolis Indians announced that infielder Nick Gonzales has been placed on the 7-day Injured List. The move was made retroactive to Tuesday.
Gonzales is hitting .250/.341/.431 this year in 20 games, with three doubles, two triples and two homers. Despite having a league average OPS, contact has been an issue so far for the 23-year-old in his first chance at Triple-A. He has 31 strikeouts in 85 plate appearances.
No word on the injury or how long he could be out yet, but he did miss a short time last week with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. He also played after that injury, so it could be unrelated.
UPDATE: Pirates said it was related to the previous shoulder injury and it’s minor, but they wanted him to rest for a few days.
The Indians also announced the news we mentioned here yesterday. Catcher Dylan Shockley has been called up to Indianapolis to fill in for Tyler Heineman, who was designated for assignment yesterday. Shockley is a strong defensive catcher, who has seen very little action over the 2020-23 seasons, though he made up some time in Australia this last off-season.
From yesterday, pitcher Wilber Dotel was placed on the 7-day IL by Bradenton. He had a 6.43 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP and five strikeouts over seven innings in his first two starts of the season.
If anything else pops up today on the minor league side, we will add it here.
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With losing Brubaker, now Burrows…SP depth just got REAL thin. Priester isn’t exactly knocking down the door to head to Pittsburgh. IF another injury happens to the SP group in Pittsburgh, I wonder if they start to consider trading some of the minor league talent for an arm. Maybe Nick Gonzales and more (Tswags if he comes back playing well). I guess cross that bridge if/when we get there.
What FA’s are still out there?
I can’t imagine any real FAs are sitting at home right now, hence it would need to be a trade
What’s up with all the top prospects getting injured this season!?
I don’t understand the catching situation at Altoona. Henry Davis is currently the only active catcher with the promotion of Dylan Shockley to Indianapolis. Claudio Finol is listed as an infielder but he has been serving as the bullpen catcher. With Davis’s propensity for injury who would then be the catcher? If Davis and Finol are both in the game at the same time who serves as bullpen catcher? Somebody has to be able to warm up the bullpen relievers.
If Finol has been serving as the backup, then he would be used that way. So he wouldn’t be in the game at the same time. He’s listed as an infielder because that’s been his position. Daniel Rivero is still listed as an outfielder, even though he gave that up to pitch last year before the season started.
He’s been getting reps at 1B, but if C is his future, isn’t about time to move him behind an UPPER dish?
Also, I watched both Curve games this week focusing on Henry.
He’s developing he looks like a different backstop since last seeing him in the AFL.
Have you heard anything similar?
This is not an endorsement that he is ready to catch Keller
I will say if you hit consistantly in the Eastern League
your bat will arrive in the BIGS sooner than later
Is that candy bar still out there?
John–thanks for the info. I still think the Curve are too thin at catching until Carter Bins returns. I am sure the coaching staff has a plan but
last Sunday against Bowie has me curious. Henry Davis started at catcher and Claudio Finol at second base. Henry was lifted in the last inning as a safety precaution and replaced by Dylan Shockley. Henry walked by my seat in the first base bleachers towards the bullpen but was not wearing any catching equipment. The Curve had a walk-off
win in the ninth inning and did not need any more relievers. However,
if the game had gone into extra innings I do not know who the bullpen catcher would have been.