Today’s early minor league moves include the return of a catcher, as well as a roster status change for a pitcher. If anything else comes up today, we will add it below.
Eli Wilson has returned to Greensboro from his trip to the 7-day Injured List. He missed the minimum amount of time after leaving last Friday’s game following a hit-by-pitch.
Wilson was struggling in minimal time this year as the backup to Abrahan Gutierrez. When Gutierrez was on the Injured List, it opened playing time for Wilson. That lasted all of three innings, as Wilson was injured on the same day that Gutierrez was placed on the IL. Wilson is hitting .114/.295/.200 in 13 games games.
Luis Hernandez has been placed on the Development List. He had a story similar to Wilson. Once Wilson/Gutierrez went on the IL, it left Hernandez (the team’s third-string catcher) as the starter. Before he could settle into the role, Wyatt Hendrie was promoted to Greensboro. Hernandez has hit .267/.450/.333 in six games this year.
Chase De Jong was sent outright to Indianapolis on Thursday after clearing waivers. Indianapolis moved him to the Temporary Inactive List today. It’s possible that it’s a temporary move (as the name would suggest). We will see soon.
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