Aristides Aquino was hit by a pitch on April 24th and broke a bone in his arm as a result. The outfielder spent over two months on the Dayton Dragons disabled list before beginning a rehab stint with the Billings Mustangs on June 28th.

With the Mustangs, Aquino got out to a slow start. In his first four games the outfielder went 2-16 (.125), but moving forward the Dominican native went on a tear. In the eight games since, spanning 33 plate appearances, Aquino hit .419/.455/.677 with two walks and five strikeouts to go along with four extra-base hits. He will join the Dragons for the upcoming road trip that begins tonight in West Michigan.

While the news that Aquino is returning to the Dragons lineup is good news, there is some bad news on the other side of the transaction. The corresponding roster move sees outfielder Jimmy Pickens head to the disabled list. Pickens last played on Saturday night and now finds himself on the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder.

After a slow start to the season, Pickens had been heating up. He posted a sub .600 OPS in April and May, but since the calendar flipped over to June things had gotten much better. In the 30 games since May ended, the outfielder had hit .301/.336/.456 in 111 plate appearances. With five doubles, a triple and three home runs the power had started coming around for the Michigan State product.