Rays Switch Out Pitching Prospects
Update 5/30/13, 9:30 a.m.: The Rays have announced that Colome will start on Thursday, according to Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com. They will push Matt Moore back in the rotation and give Alex Cobb some extra time to recover from a cracked fingernail.
Original Post: The Tampa Bay Rays were in need of an additional bullpen arm for the middle portion of this week, so the team optioned starter Jake Odorizzi to the minors after just one major league start and promoted Alex Colome, notes Bill Chastain of MLB.com.
Colome has worked primarily as a starting pitcher throughout his minor league career and exclusively in that role this season, but he will likely be needed out of the bullpen at some point this week, making him unlikely to take Odorizzi's next start on Saturday. Odorizzi can't be called back up to the majors until the 10-day waiting period is passed, making Chris Archer the most likely candidate to make the start.
It's times like these when the Rays pitching depth becomes a huge benefit to the organization. Every team needs to call up additional pitchers at various times during the season, but few have the depth to continually funnel prospects as talented as Odorizzi, Archer and Colome back and forth between Triple-A and the majors in consistently ensure fresh arms on their staff.
Hernandez Makes Debut
WIth Michael Young heading to the major league bereavement list, the Phillies have called up infield prospect Cesar Hernandez, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Hernandez has played second base almost exclusively during his time in the Phillies organization, and Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen will slide over to take Young's place at third base.
Hernandez doesn't offer a lot of projection for the Phillies. As a right-handed infielder largely limited to second base (the Phillies tried him at shortstop early in his career), he's limited off the bench. Offensively, he offers little power or patience at the plate, but has shown a propensity for hitting near .300. He's also had trouble staying on the field, but as a player who is already on the 40-man roster and is out of options next spring, it's good for the Phillies to see what they have in him. Of course, his stay could be short, as bereavement stints are typically between 3-7 days, depending on the situation.
Hernandez got a pinch-hit appearance on Wednesday night and, in fitting in with his new Phillies teammates, was retired after a one-pitch at-bat.
Bradley, Jr. Returns to Boston
After a rough start to the season in the majors, Jackie Bradley, Jr. went back to Triple-A to get his head straight. In 20 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, he put up numbers similar to what he did in spring training to make the team in the first place, hitting .354/.457/.544. Bradley has been recalled to Boston, but as Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald points out, the stay could be as brief as the Red Sox stay in a National League city.
As with most top prospects, it only makes sense for the Red Sox to keep Bradley around in the majors if he's going to play. With Shane Victorino coming off the DL soon, the Red Sox outfield will soon be too crowded for Bradley to get regular playing time.