Starting lineups for Tuesday’s Eastern League game between the Trenton Thunder and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Trenton Thunder (20-17): 1. Austin Kim LF, 2. Jose Pirela SS, 3. Austin Romine C, 4. Bradley Suttle 3B, 5. Jose Gil 1B, 6. Melky Mesa CF, 7. Corban Joseph 2B, 8. Addison Maruszak DH, 9. Ray Kruml RF.
Starting pitcher: Manny Banuelos LH (1-0, 2.77 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (16-19): 1. Jamie Johnson CF, 2. Brandon Douglas 2B, 3. Rawley Bishop 1B, 4. Bryan Pounds DH, 5. Audy Ciriaco SS, 6. Bryan Holaday C, 7. Francisco Martinez 3B, 8. Justin Henry RF, 9. Shawn Roof LF.
Starting pitcher: Casey Crosby LH (1-2, 4.55 ERA).
The Erie SeaWolves’ outfield continued to evolve with Tuesday’s addition of Adam Calderone.
The Detroit Tigers acquired the 27-year-old Calderone from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash, and then assigned him to Erie. The Fairfax, Va., native switched Eastern League allegiances, as he played for New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season and 166 games over the previous two.
Calderone was struggling with the 22-14 Fisher Cats, who were a half game behind first place New Britain in the league’s Eastern Division when Tuesday’s action started. He only hit .171 with one home run and eight RBIs over 10 games.
Toronto drafted Calderone in the 23rd round of Major League Baseball’s 2006 amateur draft. His assignment meant outfielder Brent Wyatt’s recall to Single-A Lakeland (Fla.).
Wyatt, 26, appeared in two of the SeaWolves’ weekend games at Altoona in the wake of Deik Scram’s promotion to Triple-A Toledo.
Justin Henry will flank center fielder Jamie Johnson thanks to Calderone’s imminent arrival and Scram’s departure.
The Vicksburg, Miss., did nothing to discourage the SeaWolves over those recent developments.
Henry, 25, was named the Eastern League’s player of the week for the week ending May 15. He had a .464 batting average (13-of-28) with five runs scored and two RBIs over that span.
“Had a good week, so it’s an honor,” said Henry, the Tigers’ ninth-round draft pick in 2007.
Henry capped his award-winning week in dramatic fashion. He tripled and scored on an error in the top of the 13th inning, the difference in Erie’s 2-1 victory at Altoona on Sunday.
Overall, Henry went into Tuesday’s game against Trenton with a .368 average in 28 games. He’s had no problem hitting No. 8 or 9 in the SeaWolves’ batting order, even though he’s always considered himself a leadoff hitter.
“We’ve got J.J. (Jamie Johnson) and Dougie (Brandon Douglas) one-two in the order,” he said, “so I try to think of it as being on base for those guys. I just go up there thinking it’s the same thing as being the leadoff man. It’s worked out well for us.”
The league’s pitcher of the week was Harrisburg starter Brad Peacock. It’s already the second time the right-hander received that honor this season.
The Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball has suspended Binghamton Mets reliever Edgar Ramirez for 50 games for his use of a banned substance.
Ramirez’s suspension went into effect Monday. The right-hander tested positive for methylexaneamine, a performance-enhancing substance that’s in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Ramirez, 27, was 0-2 with a 4.91 earned-run average in nine appearances for Binghamton. One of those losses was May 4, when the SeaWolves got to him for five runs in their 9-3 victory at NYSEG Stadium.
When the Trenton Thunder open Tuesday’s three-game series against the SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park, they’ll do so without Tony Franklin. The team’s 60-year-old manager experienced chest pains shortly before the team’s home game against Binghamton on Friday, but was released the following morning.
Physicians determined Franklin didn’t suffer a heart attack. However, they advised him to sit out the team’s road trip to Erie.
Bench coach Justin Pope will run the Thunder for this week’s series.
The Thunder enter the series with a 20-17 record in the league’s Eastern Division. The New York Yankees’ AA affiliate trails New Britain by three games in the standings.
The SeaWolves are 16-19, but remain only two games out of first in the league’s tightly-wound Western Division.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s game will start at 6:35 p.m., followed by the final 11:05 a.m. school day game this spring.
Probable starters for the series are: Trenton LH Manny Banuelos (1-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. Erie LH Casey Crosby (1-2, 4.55 ERA) on Tuesday; LH Shaeffer Hall (2-3, 3.43) vs. RH L.J. Gagnier (3-2, 3.86) on Wednesday; and RH Craig Heyer (3-2, 3.03) vs. RH Luke Putkonen (0-4, 8.01).
– Mike Copper