John Bormann was preparing to play for Class A Bradenton on Sunday morning when he learned he had been called up to make his Major League debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bormann had to make it from Port Charlotte, Florida to Miami. With a Bradenton coach driving, he made the three-hour trip across the state in 2:15.
"I'm thinking, 'Maybe he misspoke. Maybe I'm going to Altoona,'" Bormann, 24, said. "But he said, 'No, we're serious. You're going to Miami.'"
He made his debut in the ninth inning when he pinch-hit and struck out.
"Imagine, when he woke up today, he was going to go on a bus to Port Charlotte, maybe play, maybe not," Clint Hurdle said. "He ends up playing in a major league game. Those types of things in the organization we're aware of."