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Salvador Paniagua inactive with separated shoulder

The news is not great in the aftermath of the collision between Southern Maryland outfielder Jermaine Mitchell and Salvador Paniagua at the plate on July 30.  The Revolution catcher sustained a separated left shoulder on the play in a 4-0 loss (watch above, at the 40 second mark), and is expected to miss around a month of action, give or take.  The hope is Paniagua will be able to return during the regular season, which ends on September 21, and be available for the postseason.

In Paniagua’s absence, York has signed familiar face Sandy DeLeon as an emergency back up.  This is DeLeon’s third stint with the Revolution in such a role.  He played in 18 games for the Revs in 2010, and was on the roster for six days last season but did not appear in a game.  DeLeon, 34, is a veteran of 13 professional seasons and will remain with the team through Saturday’s game (August 2) at Long Island.  On August 3 Angel Flores will join the club, replace DeLeon and likely share time with incumbent Alberto Espinosa behind the plate for York.

Flores, 27, is in his 10th professional season.  A product of the Detroit Tigers organization, he ascended as high at Triple-A Toledo in that system in 2010.  The journeyman has also made two stops in the Atlantic League, appearing in 51 games for Bridgeport in 2012 and 40 games for Lancaster in 2011, for whom he hit .311.  Last season, Flores hit .263 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 92 games as the primary catcher for Grand Prairie in the American Association.

-Paul Braverman


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