Wick lands on DL
Late Friday night, Springfield placed power armed reliever Rowan Wick on the 7-day disabled list with what is being called general arm fatigue. Wick has not appeared in any action since July 21st against NW Arkansas and was not in uniform with the club over the recent seven-game road trip.
When asked about Wick’s status before Friday night's game, manager Dann Bilardello said they were "monitoring his innings." In his last outing, the Canadian native struck out a batter, then yielded a single and two walks before being pulled. Both baserunners eventually scored; charged to Wick.
On the season, the right-hander has compiled 1.93 ERA in 34 games (32 2/3 IP) with six saves in eight chances. Wick has fanned 46 to 11 walks in his first full season as a hurler.
Gomber back for second AA trial
On Friday, Austin Gomber received his long-awaited promotion to Springfield from High-A Palm Beach to take Wick's place. Gomber is likely to make his second Double-A start against NW Arkansas on Saturday night.
The big southpaw returns to Springfield after throwing six innings of one-run ball in his debut on July 9th. For the month of July, Gomber has a 1.99 ERA through five starts, including his second career complete game on July 20th for the Beach Birds. The organization’s co-Pitcher of the Year in 2015 has punched out a Minor League-best 39 batters over 36 innings this month.
Overall, Gomber owns a 6-8 record with 2.85 ERA in 18 games totaling 113 2/3 innings of work. He has struck out 106 batters against 27 walks.
Tice to the Beach
With Gomber's promotion, Dylan Tice was promoted to Palm Beach from Low-A Peoria. Tice will appear in the Florida State League for the third time this season following a brief eight-game stint through the Midwest League for the Chiefs.
Tice is slashing .299/.361/.417 with three homers and 18 RBI in 34 games between Low-A (short-season) State College, Peoria, and Palm Beach in his 2016 campaign.
NDFA Davis latest fill-in Chief
Filling in for Tice, recently signed non-drafted free agent Matt Davis will move up to full-season ball with Peoria. The shortstop appeared in just nine games with State College before the promotion.
Davis, 21, went 8-for-38 (.211) with no homers and three RBI for the Spikes.
Perez hits the DL
Juan Perez joined fellow farmhand Wick on the 7-day disabled list. Perez is dealing with an elbow injury and will be out for the immediate future.
The right-hander has split time between starting and relieving for Peoria this season, delivering a 3-3 record with 5.14 ERA in 19 games (eight starts) over 56 innings. Perez has sat down 53 via strikeout and issued 32 walks.
Gonzalez joins Spikes
Out goes one non-drafted free agent, in comes another. The newest State College Spike is Yariel Gonzalez, who takes the vacant spot of Davis. Gonzalez is a switch-hitting third baseman out of University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.
The 22-year old has .308/.353/.462 slash through his first 19 pro games (78 at-bats) for the (Rookie) Johnson City Cardinals. Gonzalez, who also played a bit of first base, second base and shortstop, homered and knocked in 11 runs so far.
Tomchick backtracks s to JC
In the corresponding move for Gonzalez, Greg Tomchick was sent down to Johnson City from State College. Tomchick had been battered to the tune of an 8.44 ERA in nine games for the Spikes.
The right-handed reliever has struck out six, walked five, and allowed 10 earned runs over 10 2/3 innings pitched this season.
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