Morning Links and a few notes on Ryan Edell
Additionally, Lance Pendleton told reporters after the game that he will replace Christian Garcia in the rotation. Garcia has a torn elbow ligament and is done for a while. A course of treatment for Garcia has not been determined.
Tonight: The Thunder face the Akron Aeros and Ryan Edell, who spent most of last season with Akron. He faced Trenton just once, coming away a winner on one of the Thunder's many bullpen starts.
Edell will breathe a sigh of relief tonight knowing the one man who really got to him that night last June, Edwar Gonzalez, is sitting on the bench. Gonzalez hit two home runs -- half of his season total -- but both were solo shots and the Thunder lost, 4-3.
Marcos Vechionacci was the only other current member of the Thunder to have a hit off of Edell that night.
But Gonzalez's mastery of Edell does not stop there. In May 2008 Gonzalez had a 3-for-4 night off the left-hander. No home runs this time, though, all singles. He faced Edell again in August and went 1-for-4
Another cool note about Edell: In 2006, he played with the Arizona Fall League's Peoria Javelinas. That team included, among others, Jacoby Ellsbury, Yunel Escobar, Trevor Crowe, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Ryan Rowland-Smith.