Around the Horn: September Callups

Nick Blasi began the year at Single-A ball

Ah, September. Players are tired from the dog days of August, and many teams have virtually no days off the rest of the way due to makeup games. Enter the September callups. With the major league rosters expanding, don't be surprised if the teams with the most upper-level farm system depth are the ones who play beyond September and into October.

The Angels are one of many teams looking to reap the benefits of roster expansion, as their injury-depleted bench has been thin lately.

Are you still scratching your head over the Pirates' trade for veteran pitcher Matt Morris?  Well, it's at least easier to understand why they were willing to part with Rajai Davis when you take a look at Nyjer Morgan, one of the Buccos' September callups.  Check out this exclusive interview with the speedy outfielder.

Despite an impressive run over the past couple of weeks, the Philadelphia Phillies are looking for help, perhaps from September callups, or perhaps from players returning to health.

The Diamondbacks called up a half dozen prospects for their playoff run, two of whom are making their first appearance in the majors.  Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio is drawing rave reviews from the Diamondbacks front office and southpaw Bill Murphy talks about his improved game.

Where most teams move their Triple-A players to the parent club at this time of the year, the Chicago Cubs instead sent four prospects to other organizations.  The Orioles' site has more on the trade that sent Steve Trachsel back to the North Side of Chicago.

Finally, sometimes the most interesting news on September 1st is who isn't called up.  With Eric Chavez, Mark Kotsay, and Travis Buck all shut down for the season in Oakland, we might have expected the A's to bring up another hitter, such as Nick Blasi.  Blasi began the year in Hi-A ball, but has succeeded recently at Triple-A, and speaks with about his terrific year.

Is that all?  Of course not, head to The MiLB Homepage to find your favorite team, player, or just to get the latest inside news from  Be sure to come back next week for Around the Horn. Recommended Stories

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