Update on Comings and Goings
All goings at the moment. The Revs had been carrying 27 active players and three others inactive, and the cut-down date to get to 25 active players is this Thursday. The Revs had a fine finish to the weekend with a pair of comeback victories over the rival Skeeters, but despite that, Sunday was a bit somber after the game for many.
Third-year righty Ty’Relle Harris, last year’s Corey Thurman Community Player of the Year, announced his retirement as a player, accepting a job as a coach of an elite youth travel organization in Northern California. The former Tennessee Volunteer has been living in Knoxville, TN during offseasons the past several years but is originally from Northern California, and the opportunity could also lead to college coaching opportunities, a passion of his. It had been a tough start to 2017, going 1-2 with an 8.17 ERA in 8 games (5 starts).
Bryan Pounds could also be seen saying goodbye to fans on his way off the field following Sunday’s game. The Revs have traded Pounds to Sugar Land for a player to be named later, so that the Houston native can play close to home in what might be his final year in the league. It’s been an incredibly difficult six months for Pounds whose mother passed away during the offseason as many fans know, and being away from home might have been more difficult than anyone could understand. It was an uncharacteristic struggle to start the season for Pounds who was batting .208, and as much as he made York his home the past two-plus seasons, the move back home might be best for him, both personally and professionally.
The Revs have also released 10th Anniversary Team and Franchise Four nominee Chris Cody who ended up only appearing in two games for the Revs this season. Ranking second in Revs history in all major pitching categories, Cody made his return to York this season, coming back from Tommy John surgery after pitching in Taiwan in 2014 and early 2015. He appeared in one game in relief on April 23, but was forced to exit his start early on April 26 with discomfort. Rest, rehab, rest, and tests ensued, and while he continues to throw and rehab, his return was not yet imminent. The Revs have had a logjam of personnel throughout the first month-plus of the season, and it would have proven difficult to build him back up in-game, a scenario that would have been playing out close to midseason at the earliest. One characteristic about professional athletes that makes them great at their craft is that they do not cave and take no for an answer easily; Cody believes he still has more in the tank and he never intended to rehab to only get in two more games. Don’t be surprised if he surfaces elsewhere before the Atlantic League season ends, most likely with a team that has openings on its staff and can offer the time to build up. As strange as it would be to see him in another uniform, the Revs certainly wish him the best. It would have been difficult to build him back up in-season the way things are currently constructed with York’s roster. Here’s hoping we see him again.
One final move for now as the Revs have placed Jose Arredondo on the Suspended List. His arrival from the Dominican Republic was delayed due to visa issues and is no longer anticipated. The Suspended List designation ensures that no other Atlantic League team can sign him this season. If he ends up in York at any point this season, it would be a bonus.
Those moves give the Revs 24 active players and one inactive, Alonzo Harris, who is expected to return from his oblique injury at some point during the series vs. Southern Maryland this week.