Two minor moves so far today involving pitchers for the Altoona Curve. If anything else pops up today, we will add it here.
Brad Case has returned to Altoona, where he pitched most of last season. He had a bit of a small setback early in Spring Training this year, which resulted in him making a few rehab appearances.
Case began the year with Bradenton, where he allowed one run over three innings before moving up to Greensboro. His stay in High-A probably lasted a little longer than first thought because he allowed four earned runs in each of his first two relief appearances, covering 2.1 innings total.
Case has pitched well since then, making an appearance in our Top Performers article on Monday, while giving up one run on three hits in his last 6.2 innings. He started yesterday’s game, though he was limited to two innings due to his pitch limit.
Altoona lost right-handed pitcher Noe Toribio to the 7-day Injured List. He has put in some strong results in eight relief appearances this year, though it’s a bit hidden by a 4.05 ERA. He has an 0.90 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. Batters are hitting .133/.259/.222 against him.
There are some notes from late yesterday that weren’t added to the MiLB transaction page until today. Pitcher Johan Montero was placed on the full-season Injured List, ending his year before it started. Infielder Juan Jerez was placed on the 60-day IL, so he could be back later in the year, but he has yet to play as well, after spending most of 2022 with Bradenton.
Mike Burrows was also officially placed on the full-season IL. No surprise there, as he had Tommy John surgery not long ago.
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