Pirates Activate Rodolfo Castro and Cody Ponce for Tonight’s Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that infielder Rodolfo Castro and right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce have both been added to the 26-man roster prior to Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates traded Clay Holmes and Adam Frazier in the last two days, opening up two roster spots.

Castro was with the Pirates on their taxi squad over the weekend, so he hasn’t played since early last week in Altoona. He was sent down to the minors on July 17th and the Pirates were on the All-Star break prior to that, so he has barely played in the last 16 days. Castro went just 3-for-14 in seven games with the Pirates earlier this year in two stints, but all three hits were homers.

Ponce has been up with the Pirates twice this year, making two starts and one relief appearance. He has pitched just 9.2 innings, allowing 12 runs. He also has a 5.29 ERA in 49.1 innings with Indianapolis.

In the minors, Altoona announced a bunch of moves, so I added them here:

Castro to majors. Chase Murray sent to Greensboro. Canaan Smith-Njigba placed on injured list with a right leg issue. Jack Suwinski and Diego Castillo have been added to the active roster. Both were acquired in trades over the last two days.

Bradenton announced that pitcher Domingo Gonzalez was promoted to Greensboro.