Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Rays & Injuries Blow Up Bulls Roster

The Bulls are leaving soon for Toledo, Ohio and the first round of the Governors' Cup playoffs. If you tune in Wednesday to listen (or watch on MiLB TV), the team will look a bit different (as it did yesterday in the season's last game).

  • Catcher Adam Moore got called up and then pushed aside (visa problems?)  for 
  • Catcher Nick Cuiffo who started in Toronto on Sep 3
  • Infielder Andrew Velazquez was called up and has had two, count 'em, two plate appearances as a pinch hitter
Those three had a lot to do with the Bulls getting to the playoffs. I don't begrudge them their opportunity, but I sure wish the Rays had waited.
  • Jaime Schultz and Jose Mujica were called up as well. I'm not a big fan of Mr. Schultz. He is very likely a very good pitcher. But he has not been much of an asset to the Bulls (32 appearances, 35 innings, 2-1, 2 holds, 3 saves, 2 blown saves, 5.75 ERA). 
  • To be honest, I didn't know Mr. Mujica was well-enough to play. He only made one appearance as a Bull (August 22) since May 5th. Must be some sort of rosterizing going on there.

Much more worrisome is the list of serious and, I hope, not-so-serious injuries.
  • Kean Wong (who certainly deserved a call-up before a couple of the guys who are now playing with the Rays) got hit on the elbow a couple of days ago and looked awkward in yesterday's game. 
  • Brandon Snyder fouled a ball into the side of his knee yesterday and, although he stayed in the game, was certainly limping a lot.
  • Rob Refsnyder did not play yesterday. Not sure of injury status
  • Austin Meadows did not play yesterday. Also not sure of injury status.
  • Christian Arroyo was placed on the disabled list a couple of days ago and won't be back.
So, the Rays have done some raiding of the Montgomery Biscuits.
  • Mac James has actually been with the team a while. I did not explect to see him at 3rd base, though. With the Bulls grabbing catchers, however, my guess is that he will be the primary backstop in Toledo
  • Jake Cronenworth was called up from Montgomery. He had a good day at bat and played shortstop Sep 3
  • LHP Travis Ott made his AAA debut on Sep 2. It did not go well (3 walks, 1 hit batsman). But maybe ...
Likely to be more, but the Biscuits are also in their own playoffs, so more promotions may be tough.

What we can hope for is that the bus ride to Toledo does not lead to locking up of muscles, but rather some rest and recuperation. With all except Arroyo possibly at form and assuming that James and Pena can handle the catching, the Bulls are still in good shape.

So why am I haunted by the memory that the Bulls won their first AAA National Championship on a wild pitch/passed ball thrown/missed by two recently called-up players?


  1. Meadows is still nursing the hand after being plunked on his 3 HR night I believe. Would be good to get him back for the playoffs.

  2. Thanks, Chris. I actually saw the dust-up after Meadows got hit, but then I missed whatever Kinas had to say the next couple of days about why he wasn't playing (or getting called up). He's on the 40-man, so we could lose him well before end of playoffs. Never did hear what happened to Refsnyder.