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Monday, May 2, 2011

Catching carousel sends Gil to Trenton

TRENTON — In what should come as no surprise, Francisco Cervelli’s return to the Yankees has created a domino effect throughout the system.

Gustavo Molina was bumped from New York to Triple-A Scranton, and Jose Gil was pushed to Trenton. In addition to his duties backing up Austin Romine, Gil will take some reps at first in place of Addison Maruszak.

To make room for Gil on the roster, Jack Rye was released by the organization. The super utility man was hitting .167/.259/.375 with a triple, a home run and a lone RBI.

This stint will mark Gil’s third with the Thunder. In Backing up Romine last season, the 24-year-old hit .236/.305/.453 with five home runs and 25 RBIs.

In addition to Romine, Gil and Maruszak, Trenton also has Ryan Baker traveling.

While inactive, he provides a readily available option if necessary.


Even with Brad Suttle’s 2-for-4 evening on Saturday, the middle of the Thunder lineup still isn’t producing. Combined, Suttle, Mesa and Cody Johnson — all of whom can typically be found in the third through sixth spots in the lineup — have gone 14-for-115 over their last 10 games, with an astonishing 56 strikeouts.

Manager Tony Franklin thinks part of that blame should fall his way.

“When we don’t play well, I’m always concerned about what we’re doing,” Franklin said of the funk spreading throughout that portion of his lineup. “While we’re not playing as well as I think we can play, that’s part of my job and part of the business. The reason we’re here as coaches is that we’re supposed to be able to help them and find a solution for their inconsistent play.”


Even with a 12-game hitting streak in the books, that’s not the best recent news for Corban Joseph. The second baseman is native of Tennessee, where the set devastating tornadoes that ripped through the southern part of the country.

Fortunately, however, Joseph’s hometown of Franklin was affected only mildly.

Slight wind and hail damage were the worst the town faced.

NOTES: Fisher Cats catcher Travis d’Arnaud, one of Toronto’s fleet of catching prospects, hit the DL Tuesday with concussion-like symptoms after taking a foul ball to the side of the head. … Yesterday was the first of two Bark in the Park days at Waterfront, when fans are allowed to bring their dog or cat into the stands to take in the game. … Kevin Millwood, who tossed a one-hitter in his only start with Trenton, has opted out of his contract with the Yankees and will pursue other options through free agency.

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