OF Tim Battle added, injuries sideline Neil, Repko
The Revolution has signed former Yankees farmhand Tim Battle, who will assume the role of fourth outfielder for the club. Injuries have also officially sidelined two others players indefinitely.
RHP Matt Neil, who was placed on the inactive list on June 15, will be shut down in order to have surgery on his ailing pitching elbow. He complained of elbow soreness following his June 3 complete game victory over Somerset, which would be his last game pitched this season. After joining the team on May 24, Neil only made three starts for the Revolution, and was 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA. The Revs won all three contests he pitched, so it’s a shame for the team, and even moreso for the player. The comeback from elbow surgery, Tommy John or not, is a long, arduous and usually at-least a calender year-long process.
Meanwhile the leg injury that landed outfielder Jason Repko on the inactive list on July 14 will put him on the shelf for at least a month, perhaps two according to Revolution Manager Mark Mason. There was fear he could be lost for the season, but hopefully that isn’t the case. There are 63 regular season games remaining before the postseason commences. Repko’s injury and Johan Limonta’s departure to Mexico led to the signing of Battle, with York in dire need of more outfield depth. Repko, the veteran of 360 MLB games with the Dodgers, Twins and Red Sox is batting just .196 this year in limited action (30 games), dealing with various nagging injuries. He’s hit two homers and driven in eight runs.
The former Yankees prospect Battle was a third round pick in the 2003 draft, and enjoyed his most productive season at Class-A Charleston in 2005 when he hit 16 home runs and drove in 60 runs in 134 games. Battle also stole 40 bases that season, and all numbers were career highs. His next double-digit homer season came in 2008, when he slugged 11 with 37 RBI for High-A Tampa in 108 games.