The Pirates today made a couple of minor league roster moves involving right-handed relievers. Jeff Inman was moved up to Double-A Altoona and Duke Welker was sent up to Triple-A Indy. Inman’s promotion was announced this morning by the Curve. Welker’s was tweeted this afternoon by Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.
By my count, Indy has 25 players on its active roster, not including Welker, plus five guys on the 7-day DL. The injury list includes pitchers Mike Crotta, Kyle McPherson and Daniel Moskos. Lefty Jo-Jo Reyes left his start Tuesday after one inning due to an apparent leg injury, but so far there’s been no official word that Reyes has been placed on the DL. If he doesn’t, Indy would have to clear a roster spot for Welker some other way — which, of course, raises all sorts of interesting possibilities.
I’ve put in a call with GM Neal Huntington for some clarification. When I hear back, I’ll pass that information along to y’nz.
Welker, 26, went 2-1 with five saves and a 2.31 ERA for Altoona. A second-round pick in 2007, he was added to the 40-man roster last offseason and projects as a late-inning reliever in the majors. Welker throws hard and racks up strikeouts, but until this season had battled control problems.
UPDATE 3:50 p.m. Just talked with the GM. Reyes (hammy) is DL-bound, so RHP Rick VandenHurk will move into Indy’s rotation and Welker will pitch out the bullpen.