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Guzman signed, Guzman released

Cienfuegos baseball stadium, Cinco de Septiembre Stadium in Cienfuegos, Cuba – former home stadium of RHP Luis Guzman

The big news from this past weekend was the addition of RHP Luis Guzman who makes his Revolution debut in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader vs. New Britain, as well as the release of second-year DH Joel Guzman.  The signing of Luis Guzman provides plenty of intrigue as the Revs embark on a stretch of 29 games in 28 days that will take the team through the conclusion of the first half and into the All-Star Break.

Guzman was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, and spent five seasons pitching professionally in the top league in his homeland, the Cuban National Series, which has produced all of the top-level Cuban-born talent to reach the Major Leagues, as well as former Revs Johan Limonta and Jorge Martinez (Limonta had moved on to coaching this spring, but re-signed with Sugar Land yesterday).

The 27-year-old righty also pitched for the Cuban National Team, and defected from the Pan-Am Games by remaining in Panama.  Guzman then boated to the Dominican Republic where he trained, before boating to Puerto Rico and eventually moving to the Miami area.  With his wife and child in Cuba, he came to the United States in search of the Major League dream.

He was recommended to former Revs catcher Sandy DeLeon, now managing the Stallions of the upstart Thoroughbred League in Lexington, KY.  Guzman struck out all six batters in two innings in his first pro appearance in the United States.  The Revs will get a first look at their new acquisition on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Joel Guzman was released after batting .232 with 4 HR and 17 RBI in 35 games.  It was a disappointing second year for the designated hitter, who played in the Atlantic League All-Star Game for the Revs a season ago.

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