His life is a movie which we’ve written about extensively, but the dream rookie MLB season for 31-year-old Scott Rice is ending with a thud. The Mets are shutting down their left-handed bullpen specialist and former Rev, because he needs hernia surgery. We first saw the report courtesy of Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk.
Rice’s season ends with 73 appearances out of the Mets bullpen, which leads not only the National League but all of Major League Baseball. It’s a major bummer, as he was likely to end the season with that distinction. Despite the next closest pitcher three appearances behind, Cubs lefty James Russell, there’s no way Rice hangs on to the title. After 14 minor league seasons and being the oldest rookie in the Majors this year, Rice wraps his season with a 3.71 ERA and just a .235 average against. General consensus is he’ll be back in the Mets big league bullpen next season after that solid effort, but it’s tough to speculate.
Andy Marte has a monster night in PCL playoffs…but may be injured – UPDATE: He separated his shoulder
UPDATE: Andy Marte separated his shoulder in Salt Lake’s win last night. An MRI scheduled 9/6 will reveal the severity of the injury, but it looks like he’s out of Game 3 at Las Vegas. At one point his shoulder had to be popped back into place. In any event, it doesn’t sound good…if Marte does play again this season, he’ll be playing in pain. This is horrible news not only for Salt Lake’s title hopes, but Marte’s prospects of a September call-up to the Angels. Stay tuned.
Word is the shoulder had already been injured earlier in the game, and was aggravated further when Marte slid head first into home in the bottom of the ninth on a sac-fly to win Game 2 in walk off fashion for Salt Lake. Talk about laying it all on the line for his team…Marte very well may have cost himself a return to the Majors to help his Triple-A teammates last night.
The video below has been making the rounds online, and there is a York Revolution connection. (Click either the link or the image to play.)
Brian Jeroloman is a catcher in the Washington Nationals organization, and the younger brother of former Revolution shortstop Chuck Jeroloman (2010). Brian is currently at Double-A Harrisburg, and they opened the Eastern League playoffs 9/4 with Game 1 of their division series at Erie.
Erie’s Brandon Douglas attempts to score on this fielder’s choice, leading to one of the worst collisions at home plate you’ll ever see. Jeroloman was carted off the field sitting up and conscious. I don’t want to speculate on his condition, but he did have to spend the night at the hospital, where he still was this morning. You’d have to assume there was at least a concussion, and there appeared to be a pretty serious laceration on Jeroloman’s chin from the footage. As the video will show, Douglas was quite shaken up as well.
Incidentally, Harrisburg won the game 5-4. They’ll host games 3-5 if necessary at home Friday through Sunday.
With the Revolution roster two short at 23, extra pitching help has been signed to get to the end of the season on September 15. With their season having concluded, the St. Paul Saints of the American Association have loaned York right-handed pitcher Anthony Claggett. Claggett, 29, will start for the Revolution sometime during the final home series against Bridgeport September 6-9, and once more during the season-ending road trip in Sugar Land.
Officially, York acquired Claggett from St. Paul for future considerations. Whether this short time with the Revs could turn into a roster spot for next season remains to be seen.
Claggett went 9-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts for St. Paul in 142 innings, his second season with that club. Primarily a reliever until this season, Claggett is a veteran of 321 minor league games in nine seasons, with 55 starts. He owns a career record of 51-38 with a solid 3.67 ERA in those games, and also has 41 career saves. After being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2005, Claggett was with that organization through the 2007 season before joining the Yankees in 2008. He would make his Major League debut in New York in 2009, appearing in one game out of the Yankees’ bullpen. He would go on to appear in two more MLB games that season out of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen, before spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Triple-A Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona with Pittsburgh.
With just 12 games remaining in 2013 upon Claggett’s arrival, the Revolution may or may not fill the 25th spot on the roster.
The Salt Lake Bees (Angels) are facing the Las Vegas 51s (Mets) in the first round of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League playoffs, a best of five series. The series will feature three former Revolution players, two of which were plucked off the York roster earlier this season.
Starting pitcher Matt Fox is getting the Game 1 start on Wednesday 9/4 in Salt Lake City. He’ll be facing former Revolution teammate Andy Marte, who finished the regular season with a flourish after joining the Angels organization, batting .362 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games with the Bees. Fox was picked up by the Mets in May and has made 20 starts for the 51s since, Marte went from York to the Angels in August.
Las Vegas also has former Revolution (2010) lefty reliever Justin Hampson. All three players hope to return to the Majors with a September call-up once the PCL postseason has concluded. Fox (Twins, Red Sox), Marte (Braves, Indians) and Hampson (Rockies, Padres, Mets) all have prior MLB time.
The series starts with two games at Salt Lake before shifting to Vegas for the final three if necessary. The winner will take on the victor of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) and Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros) series for the PCL Championship.
Unfortunately the team is not in contention, and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009. However, the Revolution’s fan support is as strong as ever.
The results on the field last weekend were also good, taking 5-1 and 3-1 wins from Long Island before dropping a 4-2 decision on Sunday. More notable though, is the three crowds totaled up to 14,241 fans through the Sovereign Bank Stadium turnstiles Friday through Sunday, good for the largest number of fans for a three-game series at The Vault this season. The attendance breakdown:
Friday 8/30: 5, 156
Saturday 8/31: 5, 287
Sunday 9/1: 3, 798