"That's simply a way of making sure we stay strong and not overtaxed in our bullpen or rotation," manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday. "We don't have a ton of significant options in our system that are on the [40-man] roster."
Both Ruben Gotay and Felix Perez are having strong offensive seasons at Triple-A Louisville. Neither is on the 40-man roster, but both have been discussed by the big league brain trust. The current bench features such recent callups as Kristopher Negron and Donald Lutz; the depth is thinned down below.
"Those guys that are on the [40-man] roster, can they help us in a more significant way by playing?" said Price. "Or can we expect them to thrive as bench players that start once in seven to 10 games and get a small handful of pinch-hitting opportunities? I don't know if we have that guy in the system right now."
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