DeSalvo could return next week

Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Matt DeSalvo, Zac Cline

Matt DeSalvo

York could see the return of at least one of its starting pitchers next week.

Back on July 25, Revs manager Andy Etchebarren said right-hander Matt DeSalvo could miss ten days to three weeks with a strained right pectoral muscle. That would put his return somewhere between Aug. 4 at the earliest to Aug. 15 at the latest.

DeSalvo, who has been out since July 17, threw a practice session before Monday’s game and “felt great,” according to Revs pitching coach Mark Mason.

“He was throwing about 90 feet really hard and then he was throwing some of his pitches on flat ground. He was using all the pitches he uses in a game. No pain and he wasn’t favoring anything. He looked really good today,” Mason said on Monday night. “Hopefully we’re on the right track. The past couple times we had tried to throw, he had to quit. So, he was pretty excited today. Hopefully it will stay good and we’ll keep going.”

The plan is to have DeSalvo toss a batting practice, likely before Thursday’s game against Lancaster, and then see action in a game out of the bullpen over the weekend.

If everything is OK after that, DeSalvo will likely start early next week, Mason said.

“That’s the plan right now as long as we don’t have any setbacks,” he said.

Cline, meanwhile, is still at least two weeks away from returning.

The 27-year-old left-hander pulled himself out of his July 25 start at Lancaster because of pain in his groin.

“I think it’s kind of like a mild strain,” Cline said. “I injured it first in my game (July 20 against the Road Warriors) trying to get over and cover the (first-base) bag on a play. And in my (start on July 25) I kind of pulled it just mildly again in the second inning.”

Cline played through the pain in that second start and eventually pulled himself out in the fourth inning.

“You try to play through it and you try to compete. But when it gets to a point where you’re not doing yourself or your team any favors by trying to go out there. I just had to take myself out the other night. I tried to compensate for it, but it can effect how you throw and things like that,” he said.

With starter Chris Cody getting picked up by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, the Revs are down to starters Shaun Garceau, Corey Thurman, Jesus Sanchez and newly-acquired Duman Garcia in the rotation.

Thurman started Monday night’s game against Southern Maryland. After an off-day on Tuesday, Sanchez is expected to start on Wednesday against Lancaster. Mason said Garcia could take the mound on Thursday’s contest against Lancaster. After that, Garceau, Thurman and Sanchez would start again on normal rest.

If DeSalvo isn’t back in time next week, Mason said that long-inning reliever Kevin Mannix could make a spot start or two in his place.

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