Saez to DL
Trenton catcher Jorge Saez was placed on the 7-day disabled list today after he was removed from last night’s game in the fourth inning after suffering a concussion.
“He’s got the usual [concussion] symptoms. The main thing is he needs to take care of himself and get better now,” Thunder manager Bobby Mitchell said. “Hopefully it’s no more than the seven days, but with concussions you never know. Plus, this is his second one this year. I’m hoping that he’s back before you know it, because we need him.”
Saez took a foul tip off the front of his face, just above his nose.
Catcher Sharif Othman was recalled from Tampa after last night’s game to take Saez’s place on the roster while he is out.
Welcome Back, Mike
First baseman/designated hitter Mike Ford was assigned back to Trenton on Wednesday and joined the team on the road in Binghamton.
“It’s nice to have Mike back,” Mitchell said. “Not necessarily for him, I’m sure he wishes he wasn’t here again, but for us it’s great. He always has a big impact on our team. He’s a big person in the middle of our lineup for sure, and he adds a lot of veteran leadership.”
Ford was assigned to Scranton from Trenton on July 5, and had two stints on the 7-day disabled list while he was there. In 25 games with the RailRiders this season, Ford slashed .266/.383/.543 with five doubles, seven home runs, and 21 RBIs.
Mitchell added of having Ford back: “You know, sometimes it’s just a numbers game.”
Waiting for Justus
Thunder starting pitcher Justus Sheffield has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a strained oblique that he suffered during a start on July 5.
“He’s doing good,” Mitchell said of Sheffield. “He’s coming along, but it’s going to be a slow process. Who knows if he’ll reach the point where he’s pitching at the end of the season, but we expect him to.”
Sheffield still has not thrown off a mound since sustaining his injury, however, he has been doing a soft toss from about 60 feet according to Mitchell.
“You’ve got to optimistic but you also have to be realistic too,” the Thunder manager said. “There is a chance they shut him down for the rest of the year for precautionary reasons, but I hope not. If we make the playoffs, he can help us there.”