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Pitching Notebook: Spring Wrap (Added some more thoughts in the comments)

The Revolution are wrapping up their pre-season camp, and some of the tough bullpen decisions facing Etch and the coaching staff have sorted themselves out…for now.  Three players will head to the Inactive List to begin the season for different reasons, and the 25 men the Revs will take on the Skeeters with is set.

  • Right-hander Shaun Garceau has been placed on the Inactive List, and will not accompany the team on the first road trip to Sugar Land.  Garceau is dealing with some tendinitis in his pitching arm, and a sore right shoulder.  Word is he will rehab and return as soon as possible, and the injury is not serious enough to warrant a stint on the Disabled List.
  • Lefty reliever Kris Regas has been placed on the Inactive List, as he will head to Mexico to join the same Saltillo club the Revolution lost starter Jake Stevens to earlier in the month.  Because the Atlantic League regular season hasn’t started yet, Mexican League teams aren’t required to purchase the contract, and if Stevens or Regas become available, York will have an exclusive 10-day window to add either to the roster, or release their rights.
  • Righty reliever Dumas Garcia has been placed on the Inactive List to begin the season, as he has still not arrived in York from his native Columbia.  There have been paperwork complications with getting him here.
  • Catcher Alex Lentz has been released from his tryout waiver with the club.  Lentz was the lone player kept for spring camp from the Revs open tryout on April 7.  The Harrisburg native and Messiah College product was 0-for-2 in two exhibition games.

These transactions trim the York roster to 25 players from 29.  In the Atlantic League, you are permitted to carry 27 active players until June 1, when the roster must be reduced to 25 for the remainder of the season.  Etch and the staff kicked around the idea of possibly carrying 26 to begin the year, but with three pitchers going inactive, 25 it is to start.  If the team is to stay at 25, a move would need to be made when Garceau and/or Garcia return.  The two extra spots are there however, if the coaching staff is unsure who to move/release when the time comes.  Of course, the chance of an MLB organization picking up a guy is always there, as are future injuries, so sometimes these things sort themselves out.  From here on out things are pretty much day to day; it’s a good problem to have, having too many quality relievers.

As for the starting rotation, pitching coach Mark Mason has confirmed the team’s plan for the opening series at Sugar Land:

Thursday, 4/26:  RHP Corey Thurman
Friday, 4/27:  LHP Ryan Feierabend
Saturday, 4/28:  LHP Chris Cody
Sunday, 4/29:  LHP Jesus Sanchez

With a travel/off day slated for Monday, April 30, Thurman will also start the home opener on Tuesday, May 1 vs. Camden on full rest.  The 5th starter is RHP Omar Javier, although it’s unclear when exactly Javier will make his first start.  At the latest, it would be Saturday, May 5 vs. Bridgeport, if they stick to the same rotation above.  There is a chance Javier could be inserted sooner however, depending on when and how much he pitches out of the bullpen.  Mason said Javier will be used as a long reliever until his turn in the rotation comes, whenever that may be.

R.J. Rodriguez is the closer to start the season.  Look for Adam Thomas and Santo Luis to be set-up guys.  Let’s start the insanity.

Click here for the opening day roster.

-Paul Braverman

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One response

  1. The current Revolution bullpen is also full of guys who can start. It’s expected lefty James Houser will eventually move into a starting role, especially if Feierabend gets signed. Houser has started a good portion of his career, but will take some time to get stretched out as a long guy in the bullpen, after sitting out all of last year with heart trouble. He’s healthy now though, and throwing well – in the 90s. Houser had a MLB cup of coffee with the Marlins, after being a prospect in the Rays system.

    Fellow lefty Yunior Novoa is similar to Shaun Garceau, a hard thrower who can excel in a starting or relief role when he’s on. And he’s been on here in the preseason. This is the deepest, most versatile pitching staff the Revs have enjoyed entering a season in their now six-year history.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm

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