Johan Limonta to AAA

Per Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto, first baseman Johan Limonta was promoted to the Tacoma Rainiers today to help bolster a faltering Rainiers lineup.  Limonta, who also plays some in the corners of the outfield, spent the last two and a half years in AA, putting up a .299/.373/.474 line during that time, with 103 doubles, 30 homers, and 16 triples over 366 games with the squad.

Limonta, 27, had been off to a slow start with Jackson this year (1/16 over four games, but the one hit was a homer) and isn’t really much of a prospect, but with Greg Halman out for a month and Mike Wilson ailing, the Rainiers need another good bat in the lineup.  Hopefully Limonta can quickly round in to his recent form and the Rainiers’ lineup can start producing.  

To make room for Limonta, utility player Jetsy Extrano was re-assigned to Extended Spring camp.  Extrano had never been above rookie-level Pulaski, so him going back down was only a matter of time; it was originally expected that he was warming a seat for Matt Mangini when he came off the DL, but circumstances changed that plan.

No roster move has been made yet in Jackson to replace Limonta there.  They’re currently in mid-game, so a move will probably be made in the morning.  The Generals have activated OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve to fill Limonta’s roster spot.  Martinez-Esteve, 27, spent six and a half years in the Giants organization before signing with the M’s organization as a free agent during the 2010 season.  He has a career .295/.383/.432 batting line, with 42 homers and 134 doubles.

The Organizational Depth Chart has been updated to reflected Halman’s injury.

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