From Paul Braverman & Darrell Henry

Starter Matt Neil added to roster, Chaves to inactive list

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Matt Neil pitching in his first year of professional baseball, for the Jamestown Jammers of the Short Season-A New York Penn League after being drafted by the Marlins in 2011.

As it turns out, right-handed starter Matt Neil will pitch for the Revolution this season after all.  After spending last season at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans in the Marlins system, Neil was released by the organization after spring training and signed with York on April 11.  Two days later however, he was signed by the Rays, and reported to Double-A Montgomery.  After seven appearances and three starts, he’s available again, and has reported to the Revolution.

Neil’s availability comes at a good time, having just lost starter Anthony Lerew to the Angels.  The club still has Jorge Martinez in a dual bullpen/starter role as well, but Neil will start right away in one of the doubleheader games against Lancaster on Sunday.  To make room for Neil on the roster, infielder Brandon Chaves was placed on the inactive list.  Chaves is batting .128 in 12 games, with 2 RBI.

Neil’s career numbers are solid; in 342 professional innings upon joining the Revolution he sports a 3.92 ERA in 74 games and 63 starts.  His strikeout to walk ratio is 4:1, with 281 career punch outs and only 70 walks.  Neil, 27, was drafted by the Marlins in 2011 after playing at BYU, and made his Triple-A debut last season with the New Orleans Zephyrs.

-Paul Braverman

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