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June 1 roster moves

Cut-down day is here, but the Revolution roster is still rather unsettled.  No players were released, in fact one was signed.  Two were placed on the Inactive List due to short-term injuries.  What these moves do is put the roster at 25 active players to be in accordance with Atlantic League rules, but also buys the coaching staff some time to see what the long-term decisions will be.  Here is the full run down:

  • Starting pitcher Brett Tomko was placed on the Inactive List due to right shoulder tightness, forcing him to miss his scheduled start on June 1.  Newly signed left-hander Rick Zagone took Tomko’s spot.  More on the Zagone signing in a subsequent post.  As of now there is not a huge alarm around Tomko – the hope is he will only a miss a start or two and be back.
  • Outfielder James Shanks was placed on the Inactive List after the knee that has bothered him periodically was drained.  Like Tomko, the hope is that the injury will be short-term.  Shanks will remain with the team as he nurses the injury.
  • Dallas McPherson, who signed with the Revolution on May 29 and appeared in just three games with the team, has retired.  Apparently, McPherson had second thoughts about continuing in professional baseball.  Three Atlantic League teams including York were in competition for his services after he was released out of Dodgers Spring Training.

Assuming Tomko and Shanks return to the lineup soon, two releases may still be needed to keep the roster at 25.

Prior to the 2009 season, the Atlantic League instituted a rule that teams could carry up to 27 active players until June 1, at which point all rosters must be trimmed to 25 active for the remainder of the season.

-Paul Braverman

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