May 2009

Moves on the way

The
Z’s go for two in a row tonight in Vegas, the lefty Willie Collazo makes the
start.  Las Vegas will start LH Fabio Castro.  For the second straight game, No Jason Lane for the 51’s.   

The
Marlins signed pitcher Gary Glover and he is in extended spring training but
expect him to be another pitcher on the Z’s roster in a few days.    

Rick
VandenHurk allowed one run over three innings in his first rehab start with
Single-A Jupiter on Sunday.  He has been
on the disabled list since the start of the season due to a right elbow injury.  He is expected to start for the Z’s on
Saturday night against Round Rock. 

Speaking
of Saturday night, Former Saints Kick returner Michael Lewis #84 “The Beerman” will
throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Its also Mini Kiss at
the stadium after the game! Get your tickets, 

Revolving Door

The
revolving door continues with the Z’s.  The Zephyrs have made 18 moves in the last 8 days, wow!  Pitcher
Mike Wood was released, Brett Harker assigned to Class A Jupiter and the Z’s
added pitcher Clay Hensley and Ricky Nolasco.

Hensley
made a decent start on Monday, 5 inning 4 runs. 
A step in the right direction for the Z’s starters.  The starters have pitched well on the
trip.  The wins may not indicate that,
but Collazo, Koronka,
Santos and Hensley each left with
the lead or a tie game. 

Nolasco
makes his debut in Wednesday.  I hope you
can stay up, first pitch at
9:05 New Orleans time!

Roster Moves continue

The Z’s roster
movement continues.  The Zephyrs have
made 37 roster moves total and 15 this week. 
If we continue at this pace when the team arrives home on Friday
everyone will need to get a roster with all of the changes. 

 

New
Orleans

activated reliever Tim Wood today from the disabled list.  He has not pitched since May 3rd.  The Z’s needed to make a roster move and assigned
Dave Matranga to extended spring training. 
Its only a paper move and he will remain with the Zephyrs.

 

The moves continue on
Monday.  The Z’s will add a pair of
starters.  Clay Hensley will join the
team and start on Memorial Day in Vegas. 
He pitched with the San Diego Padres the last 4 seasons.  He is most remembered for allowing Barry Bonds
755th career home run, which tied Bonds with Hank Aaron
for most all-time on August 4, 2007.

 

Florida Marlins
opening day starter Ricky Nolasco will also join the Z’s in Vegas.  He is expected to start Wednesday.  Nolasco won 15 games last season with the
Fish.  He is expected to make two or
three starts with the Z’s and then return to the Marlins.

 

The roster moves continue
and the Z’s look for a split in the series in
Reno on Sunday.  

The Left Coast

The Z’s head west and begin a series
tonight at the “Biggest Little City in the World”
Reno.  A new stop on the PCL Tour.  Reno
replaces
Tucson.
 The first of a 8 game set, 4 in
Reno
and 4 in Vegas.  Advice to the Zephyr
players, don’t lose all your money gambling.

 

The Marlins have had rough week, especially
the bullpen. 
Florida
promoted a pair of pitchers on Thursday. 
Dave Davidson leaves the Z’s to join the Fish and
Florida
also promoted a starting pitcher from
Jacksonville,
Cristhan Martinez. 

 

So the Z’s play Thursday shorthanded.  Come Friday the Z’s will make several roster
moves. CF Alejandro DeAza and P John Koronka will return from
Florida.  The Z’s have also signed free agent pitcher Clay
Hensley.  Z’s reliever Carlos Martinez was
expected to join
New Orleans
but is ill and will goto the DL.  Plenty
of more moves to come. 

 

Congrats to Willie Collazo and Nate Field and
their team for winning the Z’s United Way Golf Tourney on Wednesday. 

Shuffling the Deck

The Zephyrs home struggles have been pretty well documented, and things
have not been helped by a series of events that have kept players – and
coaches – off the field. Manager Edwin Rodriguez served a pair of
one-game suspensions for run-ins with umpires, pitcher Daniel Barone
was suspended four games after an altercation with Round Rock on the
last homestand, and top prospects such as Gaby Sanchez (knee injury),
Cameron Maybin (groin injury) and Chris Coghlan (Major League
promotion) have not seen Zephyr Field consistently.

The club wraps up their first eight-game homestand tomorrow, then has a
much-needed day off before heading west for eight games in Nevada with
Reno and Las Vegas. With the day off, the starting rotation gets
juggled, as Barone is expected to return from his suspension and make
the start tomorrow. Tonight’s starter is still officially up in the
air, and who pitches tonight could affect how the rotation shapes up on
the road trip.

Maybin to the Big Easy!

The
trip to the desert has not been much fun for the Z’s.  The Isotopes have won the first three games
of the series and attempt for the sweep on Monday afternoon.  The Z’s scheduled starter for the Monday
contest John Koronka has been scratched.  Instead he will start for the Florida Marlins
tomorrow in
Milwaukee.  Congrats to John on the promotion!

 

 Z’s will start Willie Collazo instead.  It’s his first start of the season.  Willie made 16 starts for the Z’s last year
and four starts in ’07.  Collazo has
represented the Zephyrs in the All-Star Game for the past two years.  

 

Help
is on the way!  The Zephyrs will get 22
year old outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Marlins.  The Marlins number one prospect was batting
.202 in 26 games with Marlins this season. 
He played in the MLB Futures game the past two seasons and was
outstanding a year ago in Double A.    

 

The
Z’s added a pitcher on Sunday.  RH Jay Buente appeared in 12 games this
season in relief for the Suns. He had no record and a 2.12 ERA.

 

The
Z’s have made 14 roster moves this week. 
The Z’s have Tim Wood and Jai Miller on the DL with oblique
strains.  Both are elgible to come off later
this week, but will likely miss more time. 
Gaby Sanchez was placed on the DL with a right knee MCL strain and he is
in
Florida and will miss a minimum of
a few weeks.

Coming and going

The
roster was pretty stable for the first several weeks but all of the sudden the
Z’s roster has had a number of changes.  The big news today is that Chris Coghlan is getting the call up.  He has been on fire for the Z’s.   


Here are the latest coming and
goings. 

ROSTER MOVES: GOING – The Z’s put both Jai Miller and
Gaby Sanchez on the disabled list during the last home stand and Tim Wood had
been shelved at the end of their last road trip. Couple that with Carlos
Martinez and Chris Coghlan getting called up to the Marlins in the last two
days and the face of the Zephyrs has changed drastically in the last week.

ROSTER MOVES: ARRIVING -
Several new players have been added to the roster to replace the recently
departed Z’s. Wednesday Matt Craig, who was on the opening day roster for New
Orleans
, rejoined the team and has
been the starting third baseman in both games. Yesterday the Zephyrs acquired
infielder Ryan Klosterman and right-handed pitcher Jarrett Santos from AA
Jacksonville. Joining the team on the road today from High-A Jupiter is the 24
year-old Brad Stone, who is making his first stop in AAA after never playing in
AA. 

The Z’s open a four game series tonight against division rival
Albuquerque.  Albuquerque
was the AAA affiliate of the Florida Marlins from 2003-2008, so the four-game
series at
Isotopes
Park
is a homecoming of sorts for many current Zephyrs. Pitchers Daniels Barone,
Jarrett Santos, Nate Field and Dallas Trahern, catcher Brett Hayes, and
infielder Manny Mayorson all played for the Isotopes last season. Outfielder
Jai Miller, who is currently on the DL, was also with
Albuquerque
in 2008.  Z’s trainer Steve Miller and
hitting coach Flip Phillips also return to their ole stomping grounds. 

Banged up

 

The
Z’s look for win number one tonight at home and the team is a little beat up.  Early today the Zephyrs made several roster
moves.  Two Zephyrs players have been placed on the disabled list during the
first two days of the current home stand. Outfielder Jai Miller suffered an
oblique strain during batting practice on Monday. First baseman Gaby Sanchez
had to be removed from yesterday’s game after spraining the MCL in his right
knee while applying a tag at home plate. Infielder Matt Craig will rejoin the
Z’s today as a replacement. 

 

The Z’s are set to wear their white jerseys tonight
to stop the 9 game home losing streak.  .
This is the longest home losing streak to start a season and it’s tied for the
longest home losing streak in franchise history. If the Z’s were to lose again
at home today it would set the all-time record of ten straight home losses,
breaking the old record of nine set in 1995.

Wood to DL, Mobley promoted

The Zephyrs have made a move in their bullpen, with right-hander Tim
Wood heading to the disabled list with an oblique injury and
right-hander Chris Mobley joining the club from Double-A Jacksonville.

Mobley was a big part of the Marlins’ Double-A squad coming within one
win of the Southern League championship last season, racking up 28
saves, second-most in the league. The 25-year-old compiled 34 saves in
his first full professional season, with Low-A Greensboro in 2005, and
has 79 saves to his credit in his career. A 22nd round pick by the
Marlins in 2004, Mobley began this season on the disabled list and made
his 2009 debut last Thursday.

The Z’s and Round Rock begin a four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.,
with the Zephyrs still in search of their first home win of the
campaign. Despite the struggles at Zephyr Field, the team is remarkably
in a first-place tie, with all four teams in the division seperated by
just one-half game!

A taste of Wrigley

 

The
Marlins finished up a three game series Sunday afternoon at the friendly
confines of Wrigley Field.  The Zephyrs
finished up a series on Sunday in
Oklahoma City.  So you say where’s the connection.  The RedHawks have themed this weekend “Taste
of the Big Leagues- Chicago Style”.

 

The
team has one concession stand that is selling Chicago Style Hot Dogs, The
famous Mother in Law sandwich, and Old Style Beer.  All of them are classic
Chicago favorites. It was a little
disappointing that there were no Italian beef’s or deep dish pizza.    

 

The
team also has several Cubs banners, signs and displays etc around the
concourse.  The team even put a little
ivy on the outfield wall.  It’s a stretch
but they did make an effort.

 

The
music has had been mostly
Chicago with lots of the tunes you
hear at Wrigley.  Good thing the I-Cubs
didn’t play here this week.  All the
tunes are “Go Cubs”, and
Chicago related just I have heard
at
Principal Park in Iowa or at Wrigley Field.    

 

The
promotion continues with
Philadelphia and the famous cheese
steaks when the team returns home next week. 

 

It’s
the Red Hawks season-long theme, “Taste of the Big Leagues,” will
bring Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium, Busch Stadium
or Citizen’s Bank Park to every home game this season.    

 

It’s
a neat idea.  Unfortunately it didn’t
help draw many fans to the park over the weekend.  Maybe that was part of the promotion it was
Chicago like weather, mostly
cloudy, temperatures in the 50’s with rain.  

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