IronPigs Roster Moves:
RHP Dalier Hinojosa optioned by Philadelphia, to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
RHP Seth Rosin to temporary inactive list, personal.
INF Tyler Pastornicky acquired by Philadelphia, from Texas, in exchange for piles of cash, assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
INF Devin Lohman assigned to Reading, from Lehigh Valley.
Infielder Cord Phelps left the game early on Sunday. I didn’t hear the nature of the lineup move, but one would assume an injury. However, he was not added to the DL–which is only 7 days in the minors–which kind of signifies that he’s OK, for now. Meanwhile, infielders KC Serna–whom I really liked in Reading–and Devin Lohman have been struggling. Even in the field, neither has been sharp, and Lohman drew the short straw that earned him a trip back to Reading. The Reading team doesn’t have any particular depth in the middle infield, either, and top prospect JP Crawford will remain there through the Reading playoff push.
Some on the interwebs yesterday surmised that the move to pick up Pastornicky–who has 124 games of MLB experience with the Braves–was in preparation for an Utley trade. But, while we cannot totally rule out an Utley trade, the lack of depth at AAA and AA was probably more the driving factor. If they should move Howard and continue with Utley at 1B, that would also necessitate some MLB middle infield depth. Either that, or one of the players who came over in the trade wanted his roommate back–or perhaps they just forgot to list him in the Hamels deal. I’m kidding, of course. I think they just saw the opportunity to add experienced depth, and while they usually care little about how well the AAA team is playing, I think the bolus of prospects in Reading plus the likelihood that they’ll be headed to the playoffs could have been a small factor.
You should recognize the name Pastornicky, because we’ve been facing him with the Gwinnett team for the past four years. He’s a lifetime .280 hitter in the minors, and .243 in the majors. This season, he was hitting .283 in AAA, and spent some time in AA as well. He can play middle infield, 3B, and the corner outfield spots as needed, and bats from the right-hand side.
The IronPigs went 5-2 on their 7-game swing through the state of Ohio, and come home having won the series in Columbus (for the first time ever) by beating the Clippers a combined 21-0 in the last two games! New starting-rotation pitchers Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher are both performing very well: In fact, Eickhoff was named the IL player of the week. The ‘Pigs were off yesterday, and will head to the ‘Cuse for three games before returning to Coca Cola Park on Friday. The three-day series with the PawSox this weekend will contain FOUR full games, with the day/night double-header on Saturday (needs two tickets, etc.). Please check with DiPro about the possibility of an inter-game tailgate, as I’ll be attending to other matters. I’ve done a “series preview” for every home stand this season; however, this one you may be on your own. Despite the off-day yesterday, and another next Monday, I’d still project the return of Berken as a starter. Look for:
Saturday 12:05PM: Berken
Saturday 6:35PM: Eickhoff
Sunday 1:35pM: O’Sullivan
However, the roster, the series in Syracuse, and the weather may have an impact.
Following the weekend home series, the ‘Pigs will be off on Monday once again, and head to Moosic for a mid-week series with the RailMonkeys next week. I may be at a couple of those games, so give me a shout if you’re going up.
Here’s an updated roster–some uniform numbers (Pastornicky) haven’t been updated:
(The IronPigs are now at 134 roster moves in 116 games)
See you at the park–one of them, eventually–