Moss awaiting second chance


Outfielder Brandon Moss, who’s hitting .262 with 16 homers at Triple-A Indianapolis, would merit an instant promotion to the majors — if only there was a chance to get him frequent playing time. “He’s done everything he can do to deserve an opportunity up here,” GM Neal Huntington said Sunday. “He’s in our minds as we think of things going forward.” Huntington said the Pirates are treating Moss, who lost the right field job in spring training, the way they would a prospect instead of a former major leaguer. “You want to continue his growth and development instead of just sitting him on the bench,” Huntington said.

»»» Top pitching prospect Bryan Morris will pitch again this season, although he is shut down now at Double-A Altoona. Having thrown 103 innings, the right-hander has shown signs of fatigue. Management wants to limit Morris to around 130 innings. “Rather than limil his innings each start … we felt it was good to take a couple starts off, tweak his delivery and then get him back out there,” Huntington said.

»»» Huntington did not indicate how long right-hander Jeff Sues will be suspended at Altoona. Sues is being disciplined for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Does Sues have a future with the organization? Huntington was noncommital. “We were trying to get Jeff back to where he was when we put him on the 40-man roster. We’ll continue to do that as long as he’s in a Pirates uniform,” Huntington said.