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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster goes through a whirlwind

06/06/2013 12:47 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders roster has been quite a roller-coaster over the last 72 hours, as the team made 10 roster moves between Tuesday and Wednesday to accommodate a handful of new players.

The flux started early Tuesday, when pitchers Ivan Nova, Vidal Nuno, and David Huff reported to the team after being optioned (Nova and Nuno) or outrighted (Huff) from the Major League roster. To accommodate that trio, the RailRiders placed infielder Corban Joseph and RHP Kelvin Perez on the disabled list and released LHP Clay Rapada.

Joseph, who is hitting .239 with six homers and 19 RBI with SWB, went on the DL retroactive to June 1, while Perez (0-4, 8.66 ERA in 17.2 innings/seven appearances) was immediately placed on the DL after leaving Monday’s start in the second inning with an undisclosed injury. Rapada, meanwhile, leaves the organization after getting released and re-signed in April and then allowing five runs in 9.2 innings over 10 appearances for SWB.

On Wednesday, outfielder Brennan Boesch reported after being optioned from the Yankees and two players – infielder Walter Ibarra (.312 in 20 games at Trenton) and RHP Matt Daley (3-0, 0.63 ERA in 14 appearances between Tampa and Trenton) – were promoted from Double-A, so the RailRiders were left needing to find three more slots to accommodate them.

Those moves saw infielder Luke Murton (.188-0-6 in 23 games) transferred to the currently-inactive Short-Season Class-A Staten Island roster, RHP Caleb Cotham (2-3, 7.58 in seven appearances/six starts but 2-0, 2.77 in his last two starts) re-assigned to Trenton, and RHP Cody Eppley (2-2, 8.53 ERA in 19 appearances) granted his unconditional release.

The two releases leave the Yankees organization without a pair of relievers who made 129 appearances for the Big League club in 2012, but the flurry of moves has already paid mixed dividends for the RailRiders. On Wednesday night, Nova tossed six scoreless innings and Ibarra homered in his first Triple-A at-bat to help SWB top Syracuse, but Boesch left the game in the third inning with shoulder discomfort and is headed for an MRI on Thursday.

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