Reinforcements are coming.
Not for another month or so. But they're coming.
Outfielder Johan Limonta, who hit .295 in 71 games for the York Revolution earlier this season, is expected to return to the Revs in early August. Starting pitcher Chris Cody, who became York's ace last season and put up a 3.93 ERA this season, will likely be back in a Revs' uniform by early September. Both Limonta and Cody are playing in foreign leagues right now. And there's a chance Northern York High School graduate and former big league pitcher Anthony Lerew, who was picked up off the Revs' roster by the Los Angeles Angels two months ago, could finish out the 2014 season in York after the Angels' triple-A Salt Lake affiliate wraps up Sept. 1.
"My anticipation would be at some point that we'd get Limo' (Johan Limonta) back, so we'd be at 12 position players," Revs' manager Mark Mason said before Monday night's game against visiting Camden. "Then we'd probably get Chris Cody back. And there's a chance we could get Lerew back, too. So there's a chance we get two starting pitchers and then we'll adjust."
The return of that trio of players would bolster a team already slated for the postseason, with the Revs having won the first-half Atlantic League Freedom Division title and securing a playoff berth.
Loss to Camden: So the remaining games of the second half of this season are literally meaningless for York. Which makes the three errors in Monday night's 5-2 loss in the series opener to Camden (28-53) easier to swallow. Ditto for the five hits the Revs managed to muster in the defeat. Third baseman Travis Garcia and outfielder Justin Greene saw their individual hitting streaks end at six and nine games, respectively. And Revs' front office folks have to be happy with the 4,857 fans who showed up at Santander Stadium, marking the biggest Monday crowd of the season.
Except that isn't the approach Mason takes, no matter if his team has already secured a playoff berth or if there are butts in the seats.
"Manage to win," Mason said simply following Monday's loss. "Yeah, we play to win."
With that perspective, Monday's loss is only a blip to Mason, considering the fact his team had entered the contest on a four-game win streak. The Revs (47-34) still sit 13 games above .500 despite Monday's loss.
"We've won with that lineup before. We had a late night (last night) returning from Long Island. That might have been a part of it," Mason said after the game. "We had 13 or 14 hits every night in Long Island."
Aiming for majors: While Mason is managing to win, his players are still competing with the hopes of becoming the fourth Revs player to get picked up by a major league organization this season. Like York's 31-year-old starting pitcher Alain Quijano, who has never played in affiliated minor-league ball in his eight-year pro career. The left-hander put up another solid performance Monday, holding Camden to three runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings of work, striking out three and walking two. Quijano (7-5) took the loss but improved his ERA to 3.61 in his 17th start of the year, throwing 56 of his 86 pitches for strikes.
Right-hander Jorge Martinez is the same age as Quijano and in the same boat as him when it comes to searching for his first affiliated minor-league contract. The Cuban defector with a 3.27 ERA will make his 13th start of the year for York on Tuesday night against Camden at 6:30 p.m.
And the Revs' offense will aim to return to the form of the previous weekend.
"The hitting wasn't there tonight," Mason said. "But we play to win."
— Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.