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Pitcher Nick Mutz signed and Sean Smith returns as injuries pile up

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The Revolution has signed right-handed reliever Nick Mutz, after he began this season at High-A with Lake Elsinore of the California League, in the San Diego Padres organization.

Mutz enjoyed his best professional season in 2014, when he appeared in 46 games at Class A Fort Wayne and struck out 51 batters in 51 innings pitched, posting a 2.29 ERA.  He walked only 15 in that time, and picked up nine saves.  Mutz, 24, was a ninth round draft pick by the Angels in 2011 and made his professional debut that year.  2015 is his fifth pro season.

The move puts York’s roster at 26 active players; Atlantic League rosters must be at 25 active for the remainder of the season on June 1.  There was room on the roster for Mutz due to the Revs increasingly bad injury luck; infielder Mikey Reynolds is out six to eight weeks with a broken finger on this throwing hand sustained May 25 at home against Somerset.  Beau Vaughan is also out six to eight weeks with an oblique injury.  Those two join RHPs Kyle Heckathorn (shoulder) and Mike DeMark (back) as inactive/disabled.

Also, in case you missed it over the weekend, Sean Smith is back active following rehab on his knee from the “Hop Seen ‘Round the World.”  He returned to the starting lineup batting ninth and playing center field May 27 at Camden for his first action of 2015.

-Paul Braverman

 

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