Well, LHP Kris Regas just made the lives of Revs’ manager Andy Etchebarren and pitching coach Mark Mason a little bit easier.
York learned Monday that Regas has signed with Saltillo, of the Mexican League. Mason also said Monday the team has placed RHP Shaun Garceau (shoulder) on the inactive list.
As a result, York will head to Sugar Land on Tuesday with 12 position players and 13 pitchers. A couple days ago, York had 27 players on the active roster – 12 position players and 15 pitchers. And Etch’ wanted to trim the roster down by one by getting rid of a pitcher. With Regas departing and Garceau on the inactive list, Etch’ and Mason no longer have to worry about making roster decisions. For now, anyway.
Garceau is dealing with tendonitis in his right throwing shoulder. He will stay in York this week and will be re-evaluated when the team returns home next week. Mason said RHP Dumas Garcia will arrive in York from Colombia next week.
“Because (Garcia) probably hasn’t thrown much I think we’re going to keep him inactive for maybe most of the homestand next week and see what we got,” Mason said. “So, the 13 (pitchers) we’re going to Texas will be the 13 guys who are on the active list and will be on the active list when we come home.”
So, the roster is set for now. But Etch’ and Mason might have to make some tough roster decisions in a couple weeks when Garceau and Garcia are evaluated.
Regas: Regas, 32, came to York late last season from Lancaster in a trade for future considerations. The left-hander is a former New York Mets’ and Detroit Tigers’ prospect. He held opponents scoreless in nine appearances for York last year, including five postseason appearances. He also looked sharp in spring training.
Being that York still has three left-handed options in the bullpen (LHP Yunior Novoa, LHP James Houser and LHP Ian Thomas), Mason said he isn’t worred about the depature of Regas.
Regas said Monday this will be his first time playing in a foreign country.
“During the off-season I teach, so I’ve always had a pretty stable job and I was never able to play winter ball anywhere outside of the country,” he said.
Regas didn’t rule out returning to York at the end of the season when the Mexican League season wraps up in August.
“I’m going to leave my car with my host family here (in York), so whenever it ends for me I’ll have to come back here,” Regas said.
Regas said he’ll leave York later this week, flying out of Harrisburg International Airport.
Garceau: Garceau said Monday he’s never dealt with an arm injury before and he believes the tendonitis in his right throwing shoulder is minor.
“I think it’s really minor. They said they want to get me back as soon as possible. I’m going to stay here, put all temptation aside to go and stay here and rest up,” he said.
Garceau started off spring training by throwing and then having a day off. He did that twice until he threw on back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday. Garceau said he had been throwing regularly over the off-season, but he didn’t throw at all the week before he arrived in York, which may have played a role in the injury.
“I was throwing and throwing and just the last week I was doing a lot of stuff trying to get here. Maybe I kind of rushed into it considering where I was a month ago,” he said.
Arrivals: RHP reliever Ricardo Gomez and SS Danny Gonzalez arrived in York over the weekend. Gomez is fresh off pitching in the playoffs in a league in Panama and Gonzalez said he recently played in a league in Puerto Rico.
Starting rotation: Mason re-affirmed on Monday that York’s first four starters at Sugar Land will be RHP Corey Thurman, LHP Ryan Feierabend, LHP Chris Cody and LHP Jesus Sanchez. But it sounds like Sanchez will need a good outing if he wants to keep his job.
“And then when we come home you’ll see the same four and then the fifth day at home will be the first time for the fifth starter, probably RHP Omar Javier. But there’s a chance maybe Sanchez gets bumped out of there and maybe Javier or LHP Yunior Novoa will be the four and five. We’re pretty set on our first three.”
Starting lineup: Etchebarren said his starting lineup on Thursday will be 1. Scott Grimes (CF), 2. Stephen Douglas (RF), 3. Ramon Castro (3B), 4. Chris Nowak (1B), 5. Michael Hernandez (DH), 6. Andres Perez (2B), 7. James Shanks (LF), 8. Danny Gonzalez (SS), 9. Salvador Paniagua (C).
Travel plans: The Revs will depart from York by bus at 8 a.m. on Tuesday for Baltimore Washington International Airport, where the team will fly out of to Sugar Land. Etch’ said the team may practice at Constellation Field on Tuesday.
Mariners sign a Bluefish: The Bridgeport Bluefish announced on Sunday that outfielder Chris Pettit has been picked up by the Seattle Mariners and assigned to Class AAA Tacoma. Pettit enters his sixth of professional baseball. The 27-year-old began the 2011 campaign in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and would finish the year splitting time between Triple-A Salt Lake and Double-A Arkansas. Pettit is the first Bluefish to be picked up by an affiliated club this year.
New radio home for Barnstormers: The Lancaster Barnstormers announced on Monday that its new radio home is WLAN-AM, 1390, a Clear Channel station based in downtown Lancaster, and on the station’s web stream at 1390wlan.com. The Barnies have been looking for a new radio home since last month after WLAN-1490 dropped them for Philadelphia Phillies games.
Atlantic League team in Boston?: An article on BallparkDigest.com reported on Monday that Alex Bok, president of the Boston Baseball Field of Dreams LLC, is interested in putting an Atlantic League franchise in Boston. The article reports a $50 million price tag for a new ballpark and if everything goes according to plan, Bok is eyeing a 2014 opening. Then again, we’ve seen what has happened with plans like these before (i.e. Loudon Hounds), so proceed with caution.