YORK REVOLUTION NOTES: Northern York grad Lerew put on inactive list, out for season with leg injury
It was an extremely hectic day in the York Revolution front office on Wednesday.
The Revs lost one former major league pitcher to injury, while signing another ex-big league hurler.
They welcomed the return of one of their key infielders, while announcing the retirement of a reliever who made just a brief stop in York.
And they learned they would have six representatives in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, despite the fact that they are sitting in last place in the Freedom Division first-half standings.
The biggest news of the day was likely the announcement that Northern York High School graduate Anthony Lerew was placed on the inactive list after breaking two bones in his leg in an accident at his home following Tuesday's game. He underwent surgery on Wednesday and will be out the remainder of the season.
Lerew was coming off his worst start of the season on Tuesday night, when he surrendered six runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings against Sugar Land. He allowed more than three earned runs for just the second time in 13 starts. The 6-foot, 4-inch, 225-pounder finishes the season at 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA. In 65 innings, he struck out 51 and walked 27.
Lerew was replaced on the active roster by infielder Bryan Pounds, who is ready to return from a knee injury which had kept him out since June 23. The 6-foot, 195-pound third baseman is hitting .278 with two homers and 22 RBIs.
In addition, reliever Santo Manzanillo retired after just two appearances with York, and none at home. He had allowed six earned runs in two innings, good for a whopping 27.00 ERA.
To fill Manzanillo's vacant roster spot, the Revolution signed right-hander Tony Pena, a veteran of six big league seasons.
Pena, 33, has made 313 MLB appearances over 380 innings between 2006 and 2011 with the Diamondbacks and White Sox, going 23-19 with a 4.43 ERA. He has eight major league saves, appearing in 75 games in 2007 and 72 games in 2008 with Arizona. In 2010, the 6-2, 240-pounder piled up a career-high 100 2/3 innings in 52 appearances with Chicago, including his only three big league starts. Last season he made 69 appearances in the Mexican League and saved 27 games for Laguna.
All-stars: Despite a record of 23-42 entering Wednesday's action, the Revs will have a half-dozen players at the Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 8, at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Selections were based on feedback from managers, general managers and other team and league officials.
Pounds earned a spot on the Freedom Division team, along with teammates Stephen Penney, Logan Williamson, Luis De La Cruz, Andres Perez and Brandon Boggs.
Penney and Williamson are pitchers. Williamson has been York's most effective starter, going 3-4 with a 2.65 ERA. Penney is 2-1 as a reliever with a 2.66 ERA.
De La Cruz, a catcher, is hitting .273 with three homers and 15 RBIs.
Perez, a first baseman, is hitting .252 with three homers and a team-high 29 RBIs.
And Boggs, an outfielder, is hitting .249 with four homers and 19 RBIs.
All statistics were through Tuesday's game.