Barmes Heads for Rehab in Minors

By Brink, Bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 14, 2014 | Go to article overview

Barmes Heads for Rehab in Minors


Brink, Bill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


DETROIT -- Clint Barmes was scheduled to join Class AA Altoona Wednesday for a rehabilitation assignment, manager Clint Hurdle said. It is the latest step in Barmes' recovery from a strained left groin that sent him to the 15-day disabled list.

The Pirates created a tentative rehabilitation schedule that will run through the end of August, Hurdle said.

"I think there'll be a succession built in similar to spring training because it's been six weeks since he played," he said.

Barmes was not in the Curve lineup Wednesday night. Hurdle said Barmes will play five innings at first, interspersed with days off, before increasing the workload to seven innings. At some point, the Pirates will transfer his rehabilitation assignment to Class AAA Indianapolis.

"There won't be any back-to-back play for a while," Hurdle said.

CATCHER IS RE-ACQUIRED

The Pirates re-acquired catcher Ramon Cabrera Wednesday, claiming the minor leaguer off waivers from the Detroit Tigers after trading him there two years ago.

Cabrera went to the Tigers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver at the 2012 Winter Meetings. The Pirates optioned Cabrera to Class AA Altoona.

Cabrera, 24, had a .329 on-base percentage and .358 slugging percentage for Class AA Erie this season. He reached Class AAA for 39 games in 2013.

To make room for Cabrera on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated minor league right-hander Wirfin Obispo for assignment. …

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