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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Notes from Nardi

Spoke with Yankees pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras before today's game, and he gave us more than a few exciting bits of news about some of the guys around the system. Here they are in bullet form, with a full transcript to follow.

- Dellin Betances, once one of the system's top prospects, is about a week to 10 days away from coming off the DL. He's been on the shelf since last season after having ligament reinforcement surgery.

- Manny Banuelos, whom Contreras called "the Mexican Whitey Ford," is still in Mexico after having an appendectomy before getting into a game. The timetable for his return is unknown.

- Paul Bush, a former Thunder pitcher, is about to start working in extended spring training

- Jorge Vazquez, a former Thunder first baseman, also had an appendectomy and has been on the disabled list since the season started.

- Pitchers Contreras thinks could wind up at Trenton at some point this season: Hector Noesi and Adam Warren. Pat Venditte was not mentioned. Said "there's always a chance to see anybody," but, as for Venditte, "not unless somebody gets hurt."

That's it for now. Much more to come later.

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