Former University of Kentucky standout Alex Meyer, a Greensburg, Ind., native, will pitch in front of his home state fans when Triple-A Rochester plays at Indianapolis on Saturday night.
It'll be the first time this season he won't be limited to 85 to 90 pitches or six innings, The Indianapolis Star reported.
"If I can go nine, I'll go nine," Meyer told the newspaper.
Meyer, a Minnesota Twins prospect, has been healthy all season but was limited to 781⁄3 innings last year because of a shoulder injury. So the team was being cautious.
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"It's been good but it's been frustrating at times, too, just because you feel you want to pitch a little more than you are allowed to," he said. "I know they are looking out for me."
Meyer, 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA and rated as the 32nd-best prospect in the minors by Baseball America, is still waiting to make his major-league debut.
The towering 6-foot-9 right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his past seven starts. And he leads the International League with 128 strikeouts in 112 innings.
"I've stopped worrying about it," Meyer told The Star of being called up to the Twins. "There is not much I can do. Wherever they tell me to go, I'm going to go out and pitch. If it's the major league, it's the major league. If it's in A ball, it's in A ball."
■ Robbie Ross Jr. (Lexington Christian) took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before giving up three runs and taking the loss in the first game of Triple-A Round Rock's doubleheader against Nashville.
Ross Jr., who was 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his prior three starts, gave up 10 hits and no walks with three strikeouts. He dropped to 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA for the Express, a Texas Rangers affiliate.
■ Alexis Rivera doubled and scored on Carlos Garcia's single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Lexington Legends a 6-5 win against Greenville at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.
Frank Schwindel had a two-run double and an RBI single for the Legends. He's batting .289 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI.