— Apologies for the lack of updates today, figured I’d actually…you know, take a day off and keep up my faux social life. But, outside of Phil Hughes rehab start…and I’ll get that press release up in a bit, there is an abundance of news.
— Austin Romine was out of action for 21 days after suffering a concussion against the Altoona Curve on June 2, but was activated for tonight’s game in New Britain. The research department here at Thunder Thoughts tells me he went 1-for-4 with a stolen base, as well as throwing out a runner at third base from behind the plate.
— Addison Maruszak was returned from Triple-A Scranton. Once Mike Lamb and Terry Tiffee were plucked out of the independent Atlantic League, there wasn’t much need for the versatile 24-year-old. He appeared in just one game, and went 0-for-2.
— Jason Place and Warner Madrigal were both released by the Yankees. Place, a former Boston Red Sox first round draft choice, hit just .148 in 14 games for Trenton. As for Madrigal, the former big leaguer lasted just two disastrous outings on the road before being shut down and eventually requiring elbow surgery.
— Steve Garrison — Stevenson! — will return to the Thunder tomorrow and make his first start since early May. A roster move will need to be made to get him on. Graham Stoneburner, meanwhile, made a rehab start with the GCL Yankees today and struck out four in two scoreless innings. If he’s only up to two innings, he’s either a way away from returning (I’ll take poorly constructed sentences for a hundred, Alex!) or could be looking at a transition to the bullpen. Me thinks option A until told otherwise.
— Alan Horne will not make a second start with the Thunder for the time being. Craig Heyer will start on Monday instead, with Manny Banuelos slated for Tuesday. Wednesday is still TBA, but it would be hard not to think that Hughes makes a second start with Trenton that afternoon.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com