Righthander Miguel Pinango had started the season on the Jacksonville DL but was activated and dropped back to help Inland Empire when its opening day starter, lefthander Alberto Bastardo, went out with a pulled groin muscle. Pinango, in his first start Sunday, threw six shutout innings in which he gave up just three hits, walked none while striking out nine.
Pinango was a late January signing as a free agent after having been in the
Mets system for seven years. He rose to AA for them in 2006 where he won 10
games for Binghamton. He's 24, 6-1, 190 and is much more of a pitcher than a
hard thrower. A native of Venezuela, he impressed the Dodgers enough in winter
ball there to gain his chance this spring.
The 66ers next hope to get Travis Denker who broke his right hand in spring
training but who has been sharpening his game in the extended spring camp at
Dodgertown and seems ready to be activated. He had been slated to be their
regular second baseman before the injury. He hit 16 home runs between Vero Beach
(5) and Columbus (11) in 2006.
At Las Vegas, righthander Spike Lundberg, who led the Southern League in ERA
(2.27) with Jacksonville last season, has been activated. Jacksonville still
has righthander Zach Hammes, infielder Jimmy Rohan and outfielder James Tomlin
on the disabled list. Righthander Kyle Wilson at Inland Empire and righthander
Joe Jones at Great Lakes are others currently on the D. L.
Also, two catchers, Ryder Mathias and Conor McGeehan, who were left behind in
the extended camp, have decided to call it quits and have retired. Mathias came
late last spring from Tampa Bay as a player to be named later in one of the
myriad trades with that organization. He hit only .190 at Vero Beach . McGeehan
was an undrafted free agent from Northern Kentucky University who hit .237 at
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