Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Portland Sea Dogs announced a series of moves today, including the retirement of utility player Will Vazquez.
Vazquez, 26, was valuable to the Sea Dogs as a third catcher, as well as a back-up corner infielder and outfielder. But he played in only 11 games (batting .111, 4-for-36).
Vazquez informed the Sea Dogs Friday that he has accepted a coaching job at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. Vazquez is married with a daughter. He spoke openly last month in a Press Herald story about wondering when it would be time to stop playing.
The Sea Dogs also placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list with a right triceps strain. Reliever Kyle Fernandes was also put on the DL. A strained quad muscle was the official reason, but is more likely do to the multiple innings Fernandes threw on Friday, and Portland's need for fresh pitching.
Stolmy Pimentel was activated from the disabled list and is scheduled to start Saturday night.
Portland also received two players from Class A, including first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez, who was batting .317 with nine home runs for advanced Class A Salem. Utility player Drew Dominguez was sent to Portland fro Class A Greenville.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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