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Matt Neil, Mike Massaro off Revolution roster on eve of camp

A day before preseason camp is to begin at Santander Stadium, the York Revolution roster shrunk from 30 to 28, with the news that starting pitcher Matt Neil has been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays, and outfielder Mike Massaro will not report and has been placed on the inactive list.

The circumstances around each are good news…Neil’s offer from Tampa Bay came just two days after his signing with the Revolution was announced, marking the second time that’s happened to the Revs this preseason, after the same situation with starter Shawn Hill and Toronto in March.  Massaro is interviewing for scholastic coaching positions in his native Colorado.  Originally supposed to be the Revolution’s leadoff man and centerfielder, it’s not completely out of the question that Massaro could play for York this season.  If he does however, it will be later in the season, and he will not be joining the club for camp at this time.

Expect Neil to be assigned to either Triple-A Durham, or Double-A Montgomery in the Rays system, after splitting last season at each level with the Marlins.  Massaro, was set to enter his first Atlantic League season after spending the last five with Gary Southshore, where he hit .318 combined in that time establishing himself as one of the top hitters in the American Association.  His nine-year professional career may be coming to an end should he get into coaching; he ascended as high as Triple-A Sacramento with the Oakland A’s in 2008.

Atlantic League rules permit clubs to carry up to 27 active players until June 1, if they choose.  All rosters are at a max of 25 active after that date.  While the Neil and Massaro departures do reduce competition for the starting rotation and outfield, the current roster still sits one over the limit.  However there is no guarantee Manager Mark Mason will start the season with 27, and may opt for 25 or 26.  Generally, these things tend to figure themselves out during camp, via player signings, injuries, and alike factors.

-Paul Braverman

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