Does the holiday freeze apply to call ups or are you meaning that you are hoping for a trade clearing the way for him right after the freeze ends? I wouldn't think that it could but don't know for sure.
Sorry, I forgot that the holiday freeze does not apply to callups. In that case, I want Brass up here as soon as he's healthy.
I suspect they'll bring him up late January just to take a look at him and see how far he has progressed. And perhaps to keep him properly motivated. I don't think they can tell just how far based solely on his play for the Crunch. Whether he stays up, well, that's another question.
Hitchcock said on his Dec 26 radio show that they probably would have brought him up very soon had he not been injured. That he was nearly ready, and that when they finally do bring him up, it will be for good, not for a trial.