Pirates Notebook: September callups limited
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The Pirates are planning no more than a few September callups.
"I'm not a fan of bringing guys to the big leagues just because we want to give them exposure or to hang around for a month," general manager Neal Huntington said. "The guys who come will be those who are prospects and have earned the right to play. There also will be guys to help fill JR's needs, like in the bullpen."
Manager John Russell surely will get right-handed arm pitching help, perhaps starters Daniel McCutchen and Eric Hacker, and reliever Chris Bootcheck from Class AAA Indianapolis.
The top prospect at Indianapolis is outfielder Jose Tabata, promoted from Class AA late last week, but Huntington said it is "undetermined" if he is coming.
"Jose will show us that, as well as our major league roster," Huntington said. "The at-bats have to be there."
The most likely prospect to come is first baseman Jeff Clement, the primary acquisition in the Jack Wilson trade.
The one veteran who is a virtual lock is catcher Robinzon Diaz.
Bryan Morris, the pitching prospect who was the primary acquisition in the Jason Bay trade, will be sent to Bradenton, Fla., to address "mechanical and maturity issues," Huntington said, after the Pirates suspended him for berating an umpire Thursday with Class A Lynchburg.
"It's been a frustrating year for Brian overall, and it came to a head," Huntington said. "He felt he was getting squeezed, and he acted inappropriately. We tried to calm him down, and he continued to act that way. We could have tried to sweep it under the rug because of the hype surrounding him, but we chose to treat him no differently than anybody in the organization."
Morris, 22, is 2-6 with a 5.91 ERA, limited to 10 starts by injury.
• Washington reliever Sean Burnett, who last week called the Pirates "the laughingstock of baseball" in the aftermath of all the trades, was booed loudly upon entering in the sixth inning yesterday. Alas, he retired his lone batter and wound up with the last laugh by earning the victory.
• Ryan Doumit, the Pirates' cleanup hitter, is hitless in his past 15 at-bats.
• Kevin Hart's first start with the Pirates will come Thursday, a week after his final start with the Chicago Cubs.
• Phil Dumatrait's next two rehabilitation starts will come with Indianapolis, and there could be a third before his recall.
• The Pirates released Chi-Hung Cheng, a left-handed pitcher from Taiwan, from Lynchburg after he went 7-3 with a 4.16 ERA in 16 starts.
First Published August 3, 2009 12:00 am