Roster Moves

Three players who could be the keys to second half chances were promoted from Columbus to Vero Beach Saturday. Third baseman Andy LaRoche, along with pitchers Jose Diaz and Casey Hoorelbeke all were moved up with both LaRoche and Diaz seeing immediate action.

LaRoche, the brother of Braves rookie Adam and son of former major league pitcher Dave, was hitting .283 with a .525 slugging percentage that included 13 home runs and 20 doubles at the time of his advancement. The recipient of a $1 million bonus at the time of his signing late last August. he's essentially a rookie since he played only six games for Ogden in 2003.

Vero Beach receives a great deal of heft as well as talent with the arrival of Diaz, who's 6-4, 230 and Hoorelbeke, who's 6-8, 245. Diaz led the South Atlantic League as well as the Dodger organization in saves, having notched 14 with the Catfish and wasted no time acquiring his first for Vero. A 20-year-old righthander, the Dominican native has been clocked as high as 99 mph on the gun.

Hoorelbeke, who began the season with Vero, is in his rookie season. He's 24 and rejoins his brother Jesse, a first baseman/ designated hitter. At Columbus, he lost his only decision but had a 2.57 earned run average.

In another player move, just signed righthander Jason Orenduff was assigned to Ogden. Orenduff, a supplemental first round choice in the just-concluded draft, is 6-4, 205, and pitched for Virginia Commonwealth University. Last summer he was with Team USA.

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