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Pillar makes Major League debut

by Amy Moritz

Last night during the television broadcast, Buffalo Bisons manager Marty Brown was asked which outfielder he felt was ready to go to Toronto in light of the looming liklihood that Colby Rasmus was headed to the Blue Jays disabled list.

Brown had said Anthony Gose.

The Blue Jays picked Kevin Pillar.

The outfielder will make his Major League debut tonight for the Jays as he was promoted today. In 52 games with the Bisons, Pillar hit .299 with 19 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 27 RBI.

But Brown noted that any of three outfielders -- Gose, Pillar or Moises Sierra -- were capable of helping out the Blue Jays.

"You could have taken any of the three outfielders," Brown said Wednesday afternoon. "Gose is doing a great job right now, too. Over the course of the last two and half weeks, you could see in his game he’s much more comfortable at the plate. Defensively he’s really playing well. Sierra too has done a good job. ... All three of them are very capable outfielders."

Also recalled by the Blue Jays was shortstop Munenori Kawasaki who had been with the Herd since July 13. In 25 games with the Bisons he averaged .250, driving in three runs with three stolen bases.

This makes the third player the Bisons have lost in 24 hours as pitcher Thad Weber was also promoted to the Blue Kays. Weber was 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 15 appearances (12 starts) for the Herd.

The Bisons received some help in the bullpen as righty Kyle Drabek was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire and is expected to throw tonight behind starter Drew Hutchinson. 

Drabek, 25, began the season in Single-A Dunedin, continuing to come back after his second Tommy John surgery on June 19, 2012. He made six starts with eight appearances for Dunedin (0-1, 2.61 ERA). He made two starts with New Hampshire (0-1, 3.38 ERA).

That leaves the Bisons with two available roster spots. Watch for moves and news in the hours to come.

Hutchinson makes second start: Drew Hutchinson is working his way back from Tommy John surgery last August and the road continues tonight against Rochester. He is making his second start for the Herd. His last one was on an MLB injury rehab assignment when he allwoed six runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Scranton on Friday.

Playoff Picture: It's a key series for the IL North Division race as the Rochester Red Wings have a 3 1/2 game lead over the Bisons. Buffalo enters tonight's game a half game back of Pawtucket and Norfolk in the Wild Card race.

Tonight's Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- LF
Anthony Gose -- CF
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Clint Robinson -- 1B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Moises Sierra -- RF
Ricardo Nanita -- DH
Sean Ochinko -- C 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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