Since last taking the field at Modern Woodmen Park, the Quad-Cities River Bandits recorded their first promotion of the season.
Shortstop Anibal Sierra is one of eight players who have been involved in transactions during the team’s three-game series at Burlington.
The 23-year old from Cuba was promoted Sunday to high-A Buies Creek, Houston’s first-year affiliate in the Carolina League.
A .250 hitter who displayed a solid glove through nine games with Quad-Cities, Sierra made his debut with Buies Creek on Monday with an 0-for-4 game at the plate.
Sierra signed last summer with Houston, agreeing to a $1.5 million signing bonus as part of his minor-league deal. He hit .316 for the Astros’ Dominican Summer League team last year before making his debut in the United States with the River Bandits.
“He has some real ability,’’ Quad-Cities manager Russ Steinhorn said. “He has shown that he can make some spectacular plays in the field.’’
Outfielder Marcus Almonte was reassigned from the Astros’ Tri-City roster to Quad-Cities to fill the roster spot.
Catcher Ray Henderson-Lozano was activated from the extended spring training roster and outfielder Carmen Benedetti was placed on the extended spring roster.
The other recent moves have involved Quad-Cities pitchers.
Tyler Britton was placed on the seven-day disabled list and Edgardo Sandoval was reassigned by the Astros to extended spring training.
Lucas Williams, a 40th-round pick of Houston from Central Missouri State in 2016, and Enoli Paredes, a free-agent signing last year from the Dominican Republic, have joined the River Bandits.
In and out: Matt Garza’s rehab appearance in Clinton on Monday was a quick stop, but the Milwaukee Brewers pitcher accomplished what he hoped to despite taking the loss for Wisconsin in a 5-4 game.
“I thought he looked good and strong,’’ Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson said. “I’m sure he would have preferred a different outcome, but he was able to get in the work he needed and that’s the main thing. In that situation, he needed to pitch.’’
Garza initially was expected to make a second rehab start for Colorado Springs on Monday at Nashville, but the threat of rain for a game that was ultimately postponed prompted a late decision to send him to the Midwest League.
Big night: Former River Bandits outfielder Kyle Tucker had a seven-RBI game Saturday for Buies Creek, the Astros’ new high-A affiliate in the Carolina League.
Tucker drove in all seven of the runs during the first three innings of a 13-6 win over Winston-Salem, scoring a run with a double in the first inning before driving home three runs with a double in the second inning and three more with a homer in the third.
His homer gave manager Omar Lopez’s team a 12-0 lead and was part of a four-hit game for Tucker, who hit .276 in 101 games for Quad-Cities last season and is off to a .333 start through 10 games this year.
QC connections: Franklin Perez, a pitcher for the River Bandits last season, and Colin Walsh, a lineup regular for Quad-Cities from 2010-12, earned player of the week recognition this week at higher levels of minor-league baseball.
At 19, Perez is the second-youngest pitcher in the high A Carolina League but he was selected as its pitcher of the week after allowing one hit over 9.1 innings of work in two outings for Buies Creek. He picked up one win and one save in his two outings, striking out seven batters and walking three.
Walsh, now playing second base for Diamondbacks affiliate Jackson in the Southern League, is off to a .371 start at the plate with seven doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
Alumni report: Former River Bandits pitcher Lance McCullers currently ranks fifth in the majors in strikeouts with 23 for Houston in his first 17.1 innings of work this season. McCullers is off to a 1-0 start through three starts for the Astros.
He was a workhorse for Quad-Cities’ 2013 Midwest League championship team, striking out 117 batters and walking 49 in 104.2 innings of work. McCullers went 6-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 25 appearances for the River Bandits, including 19 starts.
BY THE NUMBERS
.266: League-leading team batting average for Lansing, the only team hitting better than .250 and one of three topping .236
11: Strikeouts recorded over six innings Friday by Shane Bieber of Lake County in the first professional win for Cleveland’s fourth-round draft pick in 2016