OF Moss bucking for promotion in minors
Outfielder Brandon Moss, who's hitting .261 with 16 homers at Triple-A Indianapolis, would merit a promotion if there was a chance to get him frequent playing time with the Pirates.
"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.
"You want to continue his growth and development instead of just sitting him on the bench," Huntington said.
» If Octavio Dotel is traded by Saturday's non-waiver deadline, Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan likely would share the job until one of them emerged as the no-doubt choice. The Pirates had a scout in Philadelphia this past weekend, watching the Rockies-Phillies series. Colorado is hunting for bullpen help.
» Top pitching prospect Bryan Morris will pitch again this season, although he is shut down for 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 limit 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 was disciplined for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Does Sues have a future with the organization• Huntington seemed noncommittal: "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."
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