Archive for September 1st, 2011

Romine Called Up To Triple-A Scranton…Finally

September 1, 2011

The day finally arrived for Austin Romine.  Really, today seemed like a tale of two days for him.

Word got out before the game that Romine was likely headed to Triple-A Scranton…which made it all the more surprising that he’d be playing to begin with tonight in Trenton.  But there he was, batting third and serving as the team’s designated hitter.

Romine, who was always gracious with reporters during the two seasons he was here, was a bit short in his answers before the game and seemed down.  I asked him about his reaction if I told him at the beginning of the season that we’d be having this conversation on September 1st about him still being here…

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t even really think about that,” he said.  “I’m just trying to have a good year here.”

After the game, however, after being serenaded by a round of applause from his teammates in the clubhouse, he was much more willing to talk about what had finally become a reality.  But at the same time, it was also a little bittersweet for him to leave a team he’d been with, for all intents and purposes, the last two seasons.

“I enjoyed playing with a lot of these guys on this ballclub,” Romine said.

“I’ve played with a lot of these guys for a long time, actually.  But I’m definitely looking forward to getting back with the guys I played with last year and getting back on track.”

The personable 22-year-old said that he hadn’t been made aware of any plans to possibly summon him to the Bronx following his stint in Scranton.

“Right now, I’ve got (five) games there, and we’ll go from there,” he said.

“I don’t know what their position is for the playoffs or anything like that.  They never say anything about (the big leagues).  Anything’s possible.  I didn’t think I was going to go to Scranton right now, and I’m going.”

Romine, who endured various injuries this season, said that he is physically fine to continue playing and hopes to get some time behind the plate over Scranton’s final five games.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 136: Pre-Game Notes

September 1, 2011

3:35 PM — Raul Valdes called up to the big leagues.  Ryan Pope DFA’d.  Brad Halsey and Ryan Baker activated.

2:40 PM — Coming at you for possibly the last time from the Mike Ashmore’s Career Memorial Press Box here at Waterfront Park…no news on any call-ups just yet, but the lineup has got all of the key position player suspects in it.

THUNDER

Krum, CF
Joseph, 2B
Romine, DH
Lyerly, 1B
Mesa, RF
Sublett, LF
Pirela, SS
Gil, C
Maruszak, 3B

Hall, P

FISHER CATS

Crabbe, 2B
Gose, CF
Sierra, RF
d’Arnaud, C
McDade, 1B
Gomes, DH
Perales, LF
Sobolewski, 3B
Diaz, SS

McGowan, P

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

McGowan To Rehab At Waterfront Park

September 1, 2011

Dustin McGowan, who appeared in 75 games for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2005-08, is scheduled to make a rehab start for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Waterfront Park tonight. McGowan joins Jesse Litsch as Toronto starting pitchers to take the bump in Mercer County.

McGowan, the 33rd overall pick in 2000, has undergone labrum and rotator cuff surgeries since last setting foot on a big league mound in 2008. He has a 20-22 record and 4.71 ERA in 353.2 MLB innings, and the 29-year-old will be making his fifth appearance for New Hampshire this season after a stay in Dunedin.

In four starts, the righty is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings of work.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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