Thursday, April 24, 2014
Two weeks ago, the Sea Dogs had two first baseman. Now they have none. Jorge Padron was sent down to Class A Salem in June and Reynaldo Rodriguez just went on the disabled list after an appendectomy.
Rodriguez had been batting .288 with six home runs in 29 games.
Utility player Jon Hee will be playing first. Catcher Matt Spring is the back-up.
Among the other recent changes are pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and infielder Vladimir Frias to Salem.
Infielder Ryan Khoury spent a few games with Pawtucket before re-joining the Dogs.
Shortstop Ryan Dent, who has missed over two months with a hamstring injury, was reinstated to the Sea Dogs roster. He will probably be playing every other day for a while.
And utility player Heiker Meneses remains on the team. Meneses, who turned 20 on July 1, came up from Greenville and is batting .417 in seven games.
"He's made an impression," Sea Dogs manager Kevin Boles said.
The Sea Dogs' rotation is a little more settled with Pimentel going to Salem. Michael Lee has joined the bullpen. Miguel Gonzalez is now a starter, with Junichi Tazawa relieving - usually in a piggy-back role with Gonzalez (which will be the case tonight).
The Dogs lineup:
Hazelbaker CF, Khoury 3B, Hassan LF, Chiang RF, Middlebrooks DH, Federowicz, Tejeda 2B, Hee 1B, Meneses SS. (Gonzalez P).
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