In case you missed it, Johan Limonta and relief pitcher Ricardo Gomez returned to the York Revolution in recent days. Limonta, who can play first base, third base and outfield, began this season with the Revs, batting .295 in 71 games, before leaving the club in mid-July to play in Mexico.
Gomez pitched for York in 2011 and 2012 and has since been pitching in the Mexican League. The Revs put him on the inactive list immediately after signing him.
In other moves, catcher Salvador Paniagua was activated after going on the inactive list about a month ago with a separated shoulder. With Paniagua back, York released catcher Steve Sulcoski.
- Starting pitcher Matt DeSalvo returned for one game a couple weeks ago to give York six innings of work in a start at Camden on Aug. 24. He held the Riversharks to four runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. The Revs released him the next day.
- Reliever Mark Hendrickson has turned into quite a closer for York with six saves through Sunday night for York. He took over the role when closer Rommie Lewis left Aug. 17 to play overseas. The five saves thus far for Hendrickson are already a single-season career high and surpassed the total of four saves he’s recorded over his entire career stretching back to 1998. He previously recorded two saves last season with the Baltimore Orioles’ triple-A Norfolk affiliate, one save for the O’s big league club in 2009 and one save in his first year as a pro back in 1998 playing for the Toronto Blue Jays’ High Class A Dunedin affiliate.
- Infield Omar Luna, added to the York roster a couple weeks ago, has been good thus far. Through Sunday, batting .333 in seven games.
-York lead-off man Justin Greene is hitting .366 through Sunday. So he has some work to do if he hopes to break the Atlantic League batting average record of .371, set by Vic Rodriguez of Someret in 2004. Through Sunday, Greene is on a seven-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in four of the games, batting .429 (12-for-28) on the stretch.
Personal note: As you may have noticed, I stopped covering the Revolution a few weeks ago, thus being unable to provide much on this blog in the way of news related to the current team. This is a result of The York Dispatch suffering layoffs of eight staffers back in May. One of them was longtime sports reporter Dick VanO’Linda, who retired. However, the Dispatch did not replace VanO’Linda, leaving me as the only full-time sports reporter. Since about the second week of August, I’ve had to focus all of my efforts on the high school football beat. Where does that leave this blog moving forward? Well, for now I’ll attempt to put up blog posts whenever news comes about with Revs alumni in the minors or majors. And I’m not sure yet how we’re going to go about covering the team come playoff time at the end of this month. I’ll continue in this way through the baseball off-season, as I’ll then be tasked with covering high school boys’ basketball in the winter and high school baseball in the spring. Hopefully when spring training rolls around next April, I can return to covering the team from the start of the year through mid-August. As much as it pains me to say all of this since I love covering the Revs, this is just how things are working now due to the layoffs and cutbacks. If you have any questions or concerns with how the York Dispatch is covering the York Revolution, contact management at York Newspaper Company at 717-767-4663 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, game wraps from every York Revolution game will always be posted here: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/yorkrev
Also, I will always continue to track players signed out of the Atlantic League by major league organizations or foreign ball clubs. Click here to check out that list, as there have been a few players signed in recent weeks.
Finally, sometime in the next week or two, check back here as I will post links to a longform feature story I wrote on former York Revolution pitcher Matthew Neil, who tossed a complete game gem for York in early June, has since undergone season-ending surgery on his arm. Neil is recovering and plans to be back next season. He has one heck of a back story and, as I’ve come to find while working on this story in the last couple months, is one of those people that will make you a better person the more you come to know him. For several reasons, I’ve been working on this story on my own free time outside of my responsibilities at the Dispatch since early June, with the goal of getting it published as a freelance piece somewhere outside of York. This goal appears to have finally come to fruition.Read More