Starting lineups for Friday’s Eastern League game between the Binghamton Mets and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Binghamton Mets (10-9): 1. Matt Den Dekker CF, 2. Oswaldo Navarro 2B, 3. Josh Rodriguez SS, 4. Jefry Marte 3B, 5. Juan Lagares RF, 6. Juan Centero C, 7. Joe Bonfe 1B, 8. Rylan Sandoval DH, 9. Pedro Zapata LF.
Starting pitcher: Mark Cohoon LH (1-2, 2.50 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (8-10): 1. Niuman Romero SS, 2. Brandon Douglas 2B, 3. Ben Guez LF, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Bryan Pounds DH, 6. John Murrian C, 7. Brent Dlugach 3B, 8. Michael Rockett RF, 9. Jamie Johnson CF.
Starting pitcher: Kelvin De La Cruz LH (1-1, 3.14 ERA).
— Mike Copper
Erie started its latest homestand with its latest roster changes.
Most notable in Friday’s back was Rawley Bishop’s promotion to the Toledo Mud Hens. It was the first career Triple-A assignment for the three-year Eastern League veteran.
Bishop, 26, was called up amid a flurry of moves by the Detroit Tigers that saw them summon Toledo’s Brad Eldred, the International League’s leader in home runs (13), RBIs (35) and slugging percentage (1.013). Although displaced at first base by Jordan Lennerton this season, Bishop still hit .293 in 17 games split between third base and left field.
Bishop’s promotion likely means Tony Plagman, Michael Rockett and Ben Guez will flank Erie center fielder Jamie Johnson. Guez is in the mix as of Friday with his activation from the disabled list, where he’d been since suffering a hamstring pull late in spring training.
Guez, 25, has hit .310 in 47 games over portions of Erie’s last two Eastern League seasons. Detroit drafted him in 2008.
Guez’s return led outfielder Brent Wyatt, 27, to announce his retirement upon return from the SeaWolves’ road trip.
Like Guez, the Tigers drafted Wyatt in 2008. The Kititas, Wash., native finished with a .260 batting average over five minor league seasons, which included a .196 average in 49 career games for the SeaWolves.
Erie manager Chris Cron said Wyatt wasn’t demoted to Single-A because of Guez’s arrival. However, he said Wyatt felt it was time to move on with his playing time expect to be further reduced.
Friday’s series opener will be followed by 1:35 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s game is the SeaWolves’ last afternoon start scheduled on that day at Uht Park, with all ensuing home games set for 7:05 p.m.
Probable starters for the series are: Binghamton LH Mark Cohoon (1-2, 2.50 ERA) vs. Erie LH Kelvin De La Cruz (1-1, 3.14 ERA) on Friday; RH Collin McHugh (3-1, 1.59) vs. RH James Avery (2-1, 2.87) on Saturday; and RH Zack Wheeler (0-2, 1.80) vs. RH Mark Sorensen (0-1, 22.50) on Sunday.
The Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s game against the Mets.
McDavid, 15, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League draft.
Delmon Young’s troubled saga continued Friday morning when the Detroit Tigers outfielder was arrested outside a New York City hotel. The Tigers were there to begin a weekend series with the Yankees.
Young, 26 was charged for a misdemeanor for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks. In 2006, the former No. 1 overall draft pick was suspended 50 games for throwing his bat at a minor-league umpire.