Friday, April 29, 2011

Josh Harrison to the DL, Josh Rodriguez Returned

In yet another bit of disappointing Minor League injury news Indianapolis infielder, Pirates Prospect, and TiGO Favorite, Josh Harrison was placed on the Disabled List with a pulled groin according to Scott McCauley.

Harrison can play both second and third base and has pretty good speed. Since his minor league debut in 2008 he has hit for a .300 or better average every year. He has shown little power in his minor league career but was off to a great start thus far in his first year at AAA. He already has two homers this season, hitting only four all of last season and his .998 OPS this year is better than anything he has ever done at any one time at any level. His slash line of .375/.426/.571 is probably a bit unsustainable, but he has proven he can hit at every level and should get a look if not the end of this season then at some point next year.

Colin Dunlap of the Post Gazette is also tweeting that Rule V selection Josh Rodriguez was returned to the Cleveland Indians. This marks the second year in a row the Pirates have taken a position player in the Rule V only to return him early in the season. Nathan Adcock, whom was lost in the Rule V, is still with the Royals, but hasn't been doing so swiftly as of late.

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