Action in the Agate
It’s only April 16 and the RailRiders roster has already been in constant flux. In 10 games, 32 players have donned the SWB pinstripes through the first two weeks of the season. Here’s a rundown of some of the transactions you may have missed over the weekend.
The Yankees recently placed back-up receiver Francisco Cervelli on the club’s 60-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. With Cervelli on the DL, the Yankees recalled SWB’s John Ryan Murphy to back up Brian McCann. In an additional move, New York selected the contract of third baseman Scott Sizemore and added him to the club’s 25-man roster. The two losses leave a gaping hole in the RailRiders’ attack; Sizemore hit .344 in the first 10 games of season, adding 11 hits and four extra-base knocks, while Murphy had been a presence behind the plate catching 46 innings for the club. Earlier in the week right-handed pitcher Shane Greene was optioned to Triple-A SWB. Greene was originally recalled by New York after Austin Romine was sent back to the RailRiders on April 9.
With the recent addition to the parent club’s roster, Jame Kleimann had a nice piece on NJ.com to help you learn a little more about Yanks latest callup in Murphy (LINK ). Here’s a nice piece about how Sizemore, after two major injuries, has worked his way back to the big leagues (LINK).
To make up for the loss of Sizemore and Murphy, catcher Francisco Arcia was transferred from Double-A Trenton and Jose Toussen was added from Advanced-A Tampa. Toussen was 5-for-9 in three contests for the baby bombers.
Arcia joins the RailRiders after beginning the season with Double-A Trenton and will serve as the primary backup behind Romine. In four starts with the Thunder, Arcia split time between first base and catching, receiving 10 of his 14 AB’s behind the dish. The sample size is small, but the longtime Yankees farmhand had hit .429 with two extra-base knocks to back up rising prospect Gary Sanchez.
For a copy of the RailRiders active roster, click HERE.
Rain and snow continues to plague the RailRiders season as another day of baseball was washed Tuesday in Buffalo.The RailRiders have had six game dates and eight total contests postponed due to weather on the young year. The club will play their regularly scheduled 6:05 p.m. affair Wednesday evening with pregame coverage on NEPA Sports Radio-The GAME with Aaron Berlin will beginning at 5:35 p.m. RailRiders play-by-play voice John Sadak joins the broadcast beginning with first pitch at 6:05 p.m. To listen to tonight’s game, click HERE.
Thursday’s getaway day now means a doubleheader. The twinbill will begin at 12:05 p.m., with the fourth game of the series moved to July 2.