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Old 08-17-2018, 05:50 PM   #661
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Magpies reports: five-year contract extension for Vélez, four more years for closer James

Posted by Aidan Aidanovic | Nov 23 | 5:03PM

The Magpies’ early offseason hyperactivity continued today with news that they had locked up two more of their young stars to long-term contracts. Recently-acquired starting pitcher Luis Vélez has agreed a five-year extension, running from 2054 to 2058, valued at a reported $18m per year. Closer Ken James, whom the Magpies drafted out of college in 2047, has inked a four-year extension ending in 2057, at $11.5m annually. James has racked up 121 saves with a 2.22 ERA for the club to date. Manager Johannes Kepler told reporters he was absolutely delighted the front office had come to terms with the two players, saying he viewed them as vital long-term pieces of the roster.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:52 PM   #662
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By Maggie Pye | 6 Dec | 419 comments

Corner outfielder Ian Britt has joined the Magpies on a 1-year contract valued at $2.3m, the club announced today. The 26-year-old former Baton Rouge starter is expected to begin the new season on the team’s minor league roster, and has been signed in a bid to add experienced depth to bridge the gap to the point when talented batting prospects like Jimmy Jenkins and Peter Fox are ready to join the big leagues.

A strong defender with elite baserunning skills, Britt holds all the tools to be a top-tier offensive player but has never quite been able to get it together at the plate, hitting .244 with a .649 OPS over his career so far. Early in Billy DePodesta’s tenure as GM, the Magpies successfully rehabilitated the stalling career of former top prospect Jeremiah Harvey, and Britt will be hoping to have a similar impact should he get his chance.
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Dark Knights bolster outfield with trade for Magpies’ Lawrence

Posted by Susan Applecore | Dec 12 | 3:32PM

Raleigh have attempted to strengthen their outfield options by acquiring 31-year-old left-handed hitter Terry Lawrence from the Magpies. In return, the Magpies have obtained 21-year-old pitcher Frank Pittman, the SCL #53 prospect, and 20-year-old minor league catcher Cisco Campos.

Lawrence had an outstanding 2050 season in Des Moines, hitting .312 with a 137 OPS+. But a loss of form and the emergence of prospect Rob Crawford the next season limited Lawrence’s game time and he slipped down the pecking order, spending most of the past season on the minor league roster. Still with two more years of club control remaining, a change of scenery and more regular plate appearances at Raleigh could help Lawrence return to his best.
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Magpies add to starting pitcher depth with acquisition of Thomas; outfield prospect Tanaka arrives from St. Paul in exchange for Hagenaars

By Maggie Pye | 11 Dec | 751 comments

Teams can never have too much starting pitching, right? The Magpies clearly think so, after today announcing the free agent signing of starting pitcher Cody Thomas on a 1-year agreement. The 28-year-old right hander was a fifth round pick for Boston in 2042, but developed well beyond scouts’ expectations in the Adventurers’ minor league system. He has spent the past two years in the Adventurers’ rotation and went 8-10 with a 3.47 ERA last season. He will complete with incumbent Ricardo Vargas and top prospect Scotty Reese for the Magpies’ #5 starter role. The Magpies have not divulged the value of Thomas’s contract, but sources close to the player indicate it is worth in the region of $2m.

In a separate move today, the Magpies announced the acquisition via trade of 22-year-old outfielder Shosuke Tanaka from division rivals St. Paul. In what appears to be largely a salary dump of former starting center fielder Gianni Hagenaars, GM Billy DePodesta also dispensed of the services of minor league relievers Hakizimana Habimana and José González in the deal. An electric base runner, Tanaka is an excellent defender at all three outfield positions and also a highly capable second baseman.
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Defensive specialist Jackson joins Magpies on 1-year contract

Posted by Esther Helpline | Dec 14 | 7:30PM

The frenzy of early offseason activity at SCL champions Des Moines continued today as the club announced the signature of free agent infielder Paul Jackson for the 2053 season on a deal reportedly worth $1.7m. Jackson, who has spent his entire career to date in the Eastern League at Richmond, is an elite infielder who specialises at third base and shortstop. The Magpies have long prioritised defense at the shortstop position, and Jackson will provide veteran cover for rookie Bob Ayers, who is expected to take the starting job to begin the new season. Jackson will compete with incumbents Eric Warner and Nick Baker for one of the backup infielder roles on the active roster.

Magpies general manager Billy DePodesta likes to conduct his offseason business early, and front office insiders say that Jackson’s arrival is the last move they have planned. The rest of the winter in Des Moines is likely to be quiet.
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The SCL Armchair Almanac, 2053 Edition

MOST SAVES IN A SEASON

57 - Keith Mack (Providence, 2031)
57 - Sean Tate (Tallahassee, 2050)
56 - Colm Calhoun (Hartford, 2044)
55 - Dave MacDonald (Hartford, 2021)
55 - Jeff Simmons (Denver, 2036)
54 - Wynn Fleming (Madison, 2048)
53 - Ron Keller (Concord, 2028)
53 - Bill Nelson (Augusta, 2047)
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- Austin’s all-star catcher Jeffrey Kirkendall has been bitten by a coyote. He’ll be fit for spring training but it’s a bizarre injury to get. Speaking to the GM there this morning, it seems club officials can’t quite get to the bottom of exactly how Kirkendall came to be bitten by the animal. He has been told in no uncertain terms to stay away from both coyotes and roadrunners in future.
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Part I of our pre-season preview of the defending SCL champions Magpies focuses on the rotation and bullpen
Posted by Dustin Timbersnake, @cantstopthefeeling

The Magpies won the SCL Cup Final Series trophy back in October in fine style, led on offense by the brilliance of Earl Becker, but based on a strong foundation of excellent pitching over the second half of the season. The offseason acquisition of former top prospect Luis Vélez has made the group even stronger.

Rotation
Tom Hart (age 27, throws R, 4.5*) returns for his third full season as the leader of the Magpies rotation and is their probable opening day starter. The arrival of Luis Vélez (age 22, throws R, 4.5*) from Boston gives manager Johannes Kepler a second ace in the group. That could become a third ace by the time the season is out, if the club’s former top prospect Ricardo Vargas (age 22, throws L, 1.5*) continues his development. For now at least, the dependable Israel Padilla (age 24, throws R, 4*) has the #3 starter role. Last season’s surprise elite performer, Robert Terry (age 25, throws R, 2*) is the final member of the quintet. If Terry performs anywhere close to last year’s numbers, the Magpies rotation will be formidable.

The team have plenty of minor league depth in the event of injury or poor performance, including their best prospect Scotty Reese (age 21, throws L, 2*), who seems certain to feature at some stage this year, and free agent acquisition Cody Thomas (age 28, throws R, 2*). Marv Lewis and Ronald Williams in the bullpen will be on call for spot starts.

Bullpen
After jointly leading the league with 45 saves last year, it is no surprise to see Ken James (age 27, throws R, 3.5*) returning as closer, having signed a new long-term contract extension over the winter. Talented youngsters Jesús Benítez (age 25, throws R, 5*) and Jesús Zamora (age 22, throws L, 4*) will resume their setup roles. Together with Walt Davidson’s (age 25, throws R, 4,5*) elite displays, their performances meant the Magpies effectively closed down the final three or four innings of each game. Ramón González (age 23, throws R, 5*) had some rocky days last year but has talent to burn. Lefty Marv Lewis (age 24, throws L, 1.5*) and right-hander Ronald Williams (age 22, throws R, 1.5*) can eat up plenty of innings.

The big bullpen challenge for the Magpies front office will be managing the surging pipeline of young talent waiting in the minor league team for their chance. David Gaines (age 25, throws L, 5*) and Allen Clary (age 22, throws R, 4.5*) have failed to take previous chances but are clearly major league quality. Also ready for the big time are Octávio Vásquez (age 23, throws R, 4.5*) and Rubén Soto (age 24, throws R, 3.5*).
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It’s Part II of our pre-season preview of the Magpies, and today we look at their offense
Posted by Britney Onetime, @ohbabybaby

Catcher
Ernesto Solís (age 26, bats R, 3.5*) continues to be one of the SCL’s top catchers behind the plate, but his .651 OPS performance with the bat was his poorest since his 2048 rookie year. Blair Cunningham (age 27, bats R, 2.5*) is a high-quality reserve who is equally strong defensively and will get regular starts.

Infield
Fan-favourite Gonzalo Torralda (age 26, bats L, 4.5*) mans first base and hits in the #2 hole. There were rumours that the Magpies might seek to trade second baseman Ángel Ochoa (age 29, bats R, 4.5*) over the offseason since he has just one year left on his contract, but he remains with the team, at least for now. Ángel Márquez (age 28, bats R, 4.5*) was in a slump for much of last year but was still an above league average hitter. Rookie Bob Ayers (age 22, bats R, 1.5*) is promoted to bring his elite defense to the shortstop position in place of the departed Daniel Burke, but backup Eric Warner (age 26, bats S, 1.5*) will feature often. Nick Baker (age 27, bats R, 1*) keeps hold of the second backup infielder role by dint of his impressive versatility, but has free agent Paul Jackson (age 28, bats R, 3*) and youngster Shosuke Tanaka (age 23, bats R, 2*) breathing down his neck.

The Magpies have some fantastic infield prospects, such as 3B Pedro Medina (age 22, bats S, 1*) and SS Shane Hendricks (age 21, bats R, 1*). But watch out for young first baseman Jimmy Jenkins (age 23, bats R, 2*), who arrived from Raleigh via trade the previous offseason and looks like being the first of the group to make it to the big league team.

Outfield
The Magpies boast one of the SCL’s best outfields, led by center fielder, cleanup hitter and postseason hero Earl Becker (age 25, bats L, 5*). Former all-star Pedro Soto (age 29, bats L, 3.5*) and ex-rookie of the year Tadamichi Hamada (age 24, bats R, 3*) are excellent at the corners, and push solid hitter Rob Crawford (age 26, bats R, 3.5*) into the DH role. Joe Merrill (age 26, bats R, 2.5*) is a very flexible backup.

Dave Plummer (age 26, bats R, 3*) and Ian Britt (age 26, bats R, 2*) are major league quality reserves.

Summary
After a dreadfully disappointing first two months of last season, the Magpies were the SCL’s best team the rest of the way, and they deservedly took home the franchise’s second championship. GM Billy DePodesta has had an excellent winter, strengthening the team further with the acquisition of phenom pitcher Luis Vélez. DePodesta pulled off an impressive trick of paying a high price to get Vélez, yet not weakening any other areas of his roster in the process thanks to the club’s deep farm system. His team will certainly be one of the contenders again.
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From: Agamemnon Profitloss, Chief Finance Officer
To: Billy DePodesta

Des Moines Magpies Finance Department
FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS REPORT


At yesterday’s senior staff awayday, you asked me to provide a note summarising our current financial position.

In short, it is extremely healthy. The additional revenues from our wonderful postseason run means that the season we are able to operate with a player payroll limit of $240m. In practice, our maximum payroll cap would be $230m to minimise the risk of future shocks on our financial position.

However, we are nowhere near this limit. The annualised salaries of the players currently on our books total just $127m for this coming season. This is still a significant increase on last season, which results from the contractual increase to starting pitcher Israel Padilla, who moves off minimum salary and will this year earn $13m, and taking on the $16.6m contract of Luis Vélez. Our highest earning player this year will be Earl Becker at $17m.

The current project for next year, 2054, is $152m. The big upside pressure on that figure is that catcher Ernesto Solís and second baseman Ángel Ochoa have entered the final year of their current contracts, and are likely to command higher salaries if you wish to retain them. Counteracting that to some extent is the fact that our free agent signings, Ian Britt, Cody Thomas and Paul Jackson, are all of course only on 1-year deals. Nevertheless, we will clearly have a huge amount of salary headroom for next season as things stand, giving you ample scope to take on additional salary commitments via trade during the season, or sign free agents next winter, should you wish and remain within the $230m limit.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you, the players and the coaching staff the best of luck for the upcoming season.

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Absolutely cannot wait to see @LuisVelezSCL in a #Magpies uniform his year. What a coup by Billy to get him! @glasshalfempty even you must fancy our chances of a repeat! #ForgettingAboutHer
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@magpiesobsessive I can’t wait to see what Earl Becker will do this year #legend. If he keeps up his playoff form for a whole regular season he’ll hit about 100 homers #boom #ItsOuttaHere #CrashBangWallop
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Earl Becker! Earl Becker! Earl Becker!!! EARL BECKERRRRRRRR!!! #boom #shakalaka #shakalaka #shakaboom
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Posted by Conan Jetski | Mar 27 | 11:51AM

- After a quiet start to the offseason, Denver made the first big free agent move, re-signing their second baseman Aldo Conquy on a 2-year deal worth $20m. Snow Sox fans have become concerned about the 31-year-old’s declining defensive metrics.
- Albany agreed a 4-year contract with former Augusta and Montgomery first baseman Mike Thompson. Thompson will earn $21m per year. The left-handed bat is a good hitter but has a history of niggling injuries and spent nearly half of last season on the DL.
- Former Des Moines and Albany closer Júlio Martínez will play next season in Olympia after agreeing a 3-year, $24m contract with the Wolfhounds. That looks excellent value for the 32-year-old, who has now accumulated 308 career saves.
- Richmond landed the premier starting pitcher available on the free agency market, Manolo Luján, 32, who signed a 2-year deal worth $48m. The short duration of the contract was a surprise, but it seems many SCL teams are keeping their powder dry in anticipation of a stronger free agent cohort next year.
- The Eagles also acquired the top relief pitcher available, 30-year-old Sean Tate, who jointly holds the SCL record for saves in a season at 50. He has signed a wallet-bulging 3-year, $71m contract. Tate will be setup man to veteran closer Doug Bradley on what has become an extremely potent pitching staff.
- 40-year-old, 9-time all-star David Miller rejoined former club Augusta on a 1-year agreement worth $16m. The veteran has shown an astonishing ability to defy the ageing process, and put up a .839 OPS last season, which remains on a par with his career average. However, Miller has spent 17 spells on the DL in the last four seasons, so carries a huge risk of not being on the field enough to justify the Romans’s faith in his hitting skills.
- The biggest contract of the winter was surprisingly signed by 2-time all-star SS Ed Woodard, who has joined EL champions Annapolis on a 7-year contract totalling $140m. Woodard is defensively excellent but many analysts think the Mustangs have significantly overpaid for a .693 career OPS hitter.
- Starting pitcher Tom Blair has joined Raleigh on a 4-year arrangement valued at $82.5m. The Dark Knights have promoted the SCL #1 prospect, Raúl Clemente, into their rotation for the new season and hope Blair can provide him with veteran guidance.
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From: Achilles Guesswork, Chief Scout
To: Billy DePodesta

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ANNUAL PROSPECT SUMMARY REPORT


Despite our youthful active roster, today’s annual Top 100 Prospect List published by BNN makes superb reading for the organisation. We have 11 young minor league talents in the top 100, including 5 in the top 50.

Our entries are headed by our three outstanding minor leaguers, Scotty Reese, Jimmy Jenkins and Shane Hendricks. Reese is ready to join the big league club now, but I know you want him to get some innings under his belt in the minor league team in the early part of the season before we consider moving him up. Jenkins and Hendricks are not quite ready yet, but are certain to become stalwarts of our roster in future years. Cristo Gómez and Pedro Medina are also very exciting players, and when they are moved up, the major leaguers they displace can be traded for more prospects and keep the cycle moving.

I’m pleased to report that, despite our lowly drafting position, our top two picks from last year’s player draft, shortstop Bob Ayers and reliever Rubén Soto, both feature. Good drafting will continue to ensure we develop our own players.

#19 - SP Scotty Reese (last year: #15) - age 21
#26 - 1B Jimmy Jenkins (last year: #31) - age 23
#30 - SS Shane Hendricks (last year: #37) - age 21
#31 - SP Cristo Gómez (last year: #25) - age 21
#37 - 3B Pedro Medina (last year: #44) - age 22
#64 - SP Frank Pittman (last year: #53) - age 21
#65 - 1B Darrel Rogers (last year: #86) - age 24
#66 - MR Rubén Soto (new entry) - age 24
#84 - LF Peter Fox (last year: #58) - age 23
#91 - SS Bob Ayers (new entry) - age 22
#96 - C Russ McInnis (new entry) - age 20
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GM’s notebook - Series 1 and 2

Magpies 1-5 Santa Fe
Magpies 6-2 Santa Fe
Magpies 0-2 Santa Fe
Phoenix 3-7 Magpies
Phoenix 3-6 Magpies
Phoenix 1-3 Magpies

- Opening day was a marquee pitching match-up between Tom Hart and Outlaws legend Donnie Lee. Lee was sensational (7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) and Hart blew up for 5 runs in the 4th.
- Luis Vélez’s much-anticipated debut was a gem: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Bob Ayers went 2-4 to get his first major league hits.
- Earl Becker hit his first HR of the season. I wonder how many more he’ll get?
- Our home opener against Phoenix featured a superb 2-HR display from Gonzalo Torralda. Ángel Márquez and Tadamichi Hamada both hit 3-4 with a homer.
- In the 6-3 victory, Becker went 0-4 with 4 Ks and committed a fielding error. Bad days happen to the best of us.
- Hart got his first win in the final Raccoons game, throwing 8 innings of 1-run ball. Rob Crawford is our home run leader so far with 3 in the first week.

This week: 4-2
Record: 4-2, =1st place, tied with Madison
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GM’s notebook - Series 3 and 4

Magpies 1-2 Olympia
Magpies 6-5 Olympia
Magpies 4-7 Olympia
Lansing 1-7 Magpies
Lansing 3-1 Magpies
Lansing 4-3 Magpies

- The Olympia opener saw another great display from Luis Vélez (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), but he got no run support, as our former ace Kevin Cantrell kept our lineup quiet.
- Ángel Márquez pretty much beat the Wolfhounds on his own in game two of the series, hitting 3-5 with 2 home runs.
- Gonzalo Torralda bludgeoned 2 doubles in the 7-4 defeat in the rubber game. He’s had an extremely slow start to the season, and has only hit 4-33 so far even after today’s performance.
- The game, however, was marred by a series injury to young lefty reliever Marv Lewis. He came out of the game in the fifth and the diagnosis was bad: he needs Tommy John and is done for the season. David Gaines has been recalled after being on the minor league roster for over a year, and will take over Lewis’s middle relief left-hander role. The coaches tell me Gaines has continued to improve on his control. Top prospect Scotty Reese was also a call-up candidate but I don’t want to start his major league clock just yet if I can help it.
- We easily beat the Sharks in the first game of the series, behind a great outing from Robert Terry (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) and a grand slam from Blair Cunningham.
- Lansing’s ace Carlos Lara took the win in game two of the series, but left the game in the 6th inning with elbow inflammation and will miss 3 months. That’s a huge blow for the Sharks.
- Indianapolis finally won a game, after opening the season with an 0-11 crash. Their pitching is far too strong to remain among the Eastern League basement dwellers.

This week: 2-4
Record: 6-6, =3rd place, 3 GB from Bismarck
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From: Aristotle Catheter M.D., Club Doctor
To: Billy DePodesta

Des Moines Magpies Medical Department
INJURY REPORT: MARV LEWIS


Last season, we were extremely fortunate to avoid any serious injuries to our major league pitching staff, and any as a result avoided any players requiring lengthy periods on the disabled list and needing rehabilitation. Unfortunately, just 9 games into the new season, we have already not had the same luck.

As you’re aware, Marv Lewis came out of the game in the fifth inning of last night’s game against the Olympia Wolfhounds. He told the medical team that he had been aware of some mild discomfort while warming up in the bullpen but thought he would be able to pitch through it. He reported that the pain got progressively more acute during the course of his 2.1 innings on the mound, until he realised that he could no longer continue.

The diagnosis is clear: Marv has suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and will require Tommy John surgery. He therefore will not be able to pitch again this season, but we are hopeful that he may be able to resume pitching for spring training next year. It is much too early to assess any long-term implications of the injury on Marv’s ability to pitch and therefore his future SCL career. Our medical staff and player welfare team are providing Marv with all the support he needs at this time.

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Old 08-21-2018, 07:49 PM   #677
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GM’s notebook - Series 5 and 6

Bismarck 4-0 Magpies
Bismarck 2-5 Magpies
Bismarck 1-5 Magpies
Magpies 5-2 Denver
Magpies 1-2 Denver
Magpies 2-3 Denver

- David Gaines’s first appearance of the season was a bad one. He gave up two walks and a home run while retiring just one batter. He was visibly nervous after over a year since his last major league game, but now needs to settle down quickly.
- Both Ángel Ochoa and Gonzalo Torralda hit 3-4 with 2 RBIs in the 5-2 victory over the Coyotes. Israel Padilla had a quality start, giving up just 2 runs on 7 hits over 8 frames.
- Robert Terry is already 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA. I’d expected a sophomore slump after such an unexpectedly great year last year, but it isn’t happening yet.
- We’ve now had our second injury of the year already. Tadamichi Hamada has hurt his ankle and is expected to miss about a month. It’s especially disappointing news because he had been red hot, hitting .340 with a 1.011 OPS. Dave Plummer has been recalled to the active roster in his place. There will be some lineup juggling for Johannes Kepler to do, with Rob Crawford, Joe Merrill and Plummer sharing LF and DH duties.
- Ricardo Vargas (2-1, 2.21) threw a peach versus Denver in the series opener: 7.1 innings for just 1 run. He is still only 22 and continuing to develop very nicely.
- The rubber game defeat to the Snow Sox had a nice 3-5 performance from Pedro Soto.

This week: 3-3
Record: 9-9, =3rd place, 2 GB from Bismarck
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From: Aristotle Catheter M.D., Club Doctor
To: Billy DePodesta

Des Moines Magpies Medical Department
INJURY REPORT: TADAMICHI HAMADA


Left fielder Tadamichi Hamada has torn ankle ligaments. As you know, he suffered the injury when attempting a diving catch in the bottom of the 8th inning of yesterday afternoon’s 5-1 victory against Bismarck. This is a fairly routine injury in that my medical staff and I do not expect Tadamichi to encounter any long-term effects. However, the injury will take time to fully heal and our best estimate is that Tadamichi will need to remain on the disabled list for approximately four weeks.

My team and I do have our concerns about his apparent susceptibility to short-term, niggling injuries. Last year he had two two-week spells on the DL, one for a strained abdominal muscle, the other for a strained oblique. He also had three short spells where he was taken out of the lineup for a couple of games due to day-to-day injuries, one of which was for back stiffness. The previous season, while at former club Olympia, he spent 6 weeks on the DL, again with a strained oblique. We will continue to monitor this situation going forward. If it seems to be a persistent issue we may wish to consider a role on the roster which sees him spending more time as designated hitter and less time in the field.

Aristotle Catheter M.D.
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This thread will now be taking a two-week sabbatical, as I’m going away on holiday with family and will be unable to post further updates during that time. Thank you to all those of you who are regularly following along, I hope you’re enjoying it. The Magpies will return in September!
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Okay, after a fantastically enjoyable but bank account-busting family holiday in Denmark, I’m back - time to get this show back on the road!
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