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Val Majewski returns to Revolution, Shanks to Inactive List

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In a season where the Revolution has been caught of guard by four sudden in-season retirements (Dustin Pease, Jason Repko, Dallas McPherson and Jeff Fiorentino), this transaction comes as the exact opposite.

Thought to be retired, outfielder Val Majewski has re-joined the Revolution for at least their series in Lancaster this weekend that will end the first half.  Whether this is just temporary or if he’ll be with the club longer remains to be seen.  Last year Majewski split the season between the Texas Rangers Double and Triple-A clubs in Frisco and Round Rock, TX.  The season prior in 2011, he was plucked off the Revolution roster mid-season by Texas and finished the year at Round Rock before returning to York for the playoffs, helping guide the Revs to their second straight championship.

The Revolution had reached out to Majewski earlier in the season when they were going through roster difficulty and needed outfield help.  Majewski re-buffed those requests, but apparently has had a change of heart, even if his time with the Revs is only temporary.  Majewski played against York with the Atlantic League Alumni team in April in an exhibition game at Fan Fest, and very much looked in game shape and ready to play.  His birthday was on June 1, making him 32.  This marks his 11th professional season after a collegiate career at Rutgers.

Majewski has since re-located to Maryland from his native New Jersey, and is working in the insurance industry.  The coaching staff is hoping he will be able to quickly re-kindle the big bat he carried in his two prior stints in York:  In 2010 he batted .328 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 31 games before being signed by the Oakland Athletics, and in 2011 hit .317 with 11 homers and 48 RBI before going to Texas.  He was in Major League Spring Training games with the Rangers in 2012, before being assigned to the minors.

Majewski was a third round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2002, and reached the Majors in 2004, promoted straight from Double-A Bowie in the same season that he received the Brooks Robinson Award as the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year.  Majewski participated in the MLB Futures Game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park that season, and was named an Eastern League All-Star in both 2004 and 2007 while in the Orioles farm system.

To make room of Majewski on the roster, the Revolution were forced to place franchise all-time hits leader James Shanks on the Inactive List.  In his 15th professional season and fourth with the Revolution, Shanks was batting .172 in 30 games this season.  Shanks is still with the organization, but will not be on the active roster for the time being.

-Paul Braverman

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