Solar Sox manager and Cubs minor league coach Pat Listach said on Monday that Pignatiello would miss “about a week” of action after recently suffering a cut on his non-throwing right hand.
“It happened away from the field,” Pignatiello said Thursday. “There was nothing I could do about it. It was unfortunate. Accidents happen. Let’s keep it at that.”
In four appearances, Pignatiello has allowed two hits and one walk to 14 batters faced. He has struck out four over 3 2/3 innings total.
“I’ll have to sit here and wait a couple of more days until I get back out there,” Pignatiello said. “I get my stitches out on Tuesday, so early next week I’ll be back out there.”
When he returns, Pignatiello expects to come back full force.
“I’ve been playing catch and throwing bullpen,” the southpaw said. “Once I’m ready to go, I’ll be out there ready to ride.”
Top second base prospect Eric Patterson has hit safely in eight straight games in the Fall League, with five multi-hit games over his last six starts. Through 12 games, he’s batting .347 with six stolen bases in eight attempts.
At the rate he’s going, Scott Moore might need a compass to insure he doesn’t get lost from roaming position to position. Moore has played left field, first base, shortstop and third (his default position) in addition to DH duties. He’s hit .233 through 12 games, but has reached base safely in all but one of his nine starts and has hit safely in six of his last seven.
Moore and Patterson were selected to the AFL’s inaugural “Rising Stars Showcase” game, set for Friday at 7:15 p.m. (PDT) at Surprise Stadium. Both were selected to the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game this past July with Moore taking home MVP honors at the annual event.
“We’re ecstatic that we have two guys representing the club and we probably could have had two of any of our staff representing,” Director of Player Development Oneri Fleita said. “My hat’s off to them. They’ve done a good job and they’ve earned it.”
Catcher Jake Fox, who like Moore is expected to experience playing time at an assortment of positions in the Fall League, has one hit over his last 15 at-bats after getting off to a 5-for-14 start. He’s fared 4-for-10 against lefties and 2-for-19 against right-handers.
Right-hander Lincoln Holdzkom continues dealing with a zero ERA and two hits allowed over eight innings in the Fall League. In five appearances, he’s struck out eight without allowing a walk.
Through six appearances, left-hander Clay Rapada has nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings with the Solar Sox. He’s not allowed a hit since his second appearance with the team on Oct. 13.