First and foremost, Cameron Maybin left the Peoria squad with a strained left shoulder. While the injury is not considered serious, it is unlikely he will return to the AFL. As reported last week, Scott Sizemore has reported to the dessert to replace Mike Hollimon, who is now playing for Team USA. In game action out west, Sizemore has been hitting the cover off the ball, combining to go 10-for-20 on the week with three doubles, a triple, and five runs driven in. First baseman Jeff Larish mustered only a 1-for-7 performance over two games, as it appears his slump continues.
On the mound, Burke Badenhop tossed four scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts and only one walk. After a rough start in Arizona, Badenhop appears to be getting back on track. Fellow reliever Jeff Gerbe managed to pick up a save in his only appearance of the week, tossing two scoreless innings for Peoria.
Hollimon has been a man of many positions for Team USA so far, having played left field, second base, and shortstop through three games. His teammate from Erie this past season, Dallas Trahern, had a rough debut with the National Team, getting roughed up for four runs (two earned) in one inning of work. Both players will continue to make appearances against the various AFL teams, until their international competition starts in November.
Out in Hawaii, Jeramy Laster continues to be an all-or-nothing type, driving a homerun and a double while also striking out five times in four games for the week. On the week he finished 6-for-15 for the North Shore Honu. Danny Worth has yet to get on track for the Honu; struggling through a 2-for13 week. His problems at the plate have not translated to the infield, as most reports have him excelling defensively. Dusty Ryan seems to be gaining some consistency, drawing plenty of walks and even notching a 1-for-2 game with a double and a run knocked home.
Moving along to Mexico, right-hander Jeremy Johnson made his second start of the season for Obregon, moving his record to 2-0 on the year. Johnson tossed 5-1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs. Utility infielder Max Leon is still struggling to find routine playing time, seeing action in only two games last week; once as a pinch runner and a second time as a defensive replacement at second base.
The action throughout the Dominican circuit was stunted last week due to rain, leaving very little activity available for updates. The recently resigned Erick Almonte went 1-for-6 on the week with Gigantes, but did manage to score two runs. Reliever Jose Capellan started another game for Gigantes, this time logging an impressive six-inning stint that included only three hits allowed, two earned runs, and four strikeouts. AAA-outfielder Jason Perry continues to struggle with Escogido, logging a miserable 2-for-10 week with six strikeouts.
Contrary to the DWL, the Venezuelan Winter League had plenty of action, most notably the play of Tigers middle infielder Omar Infante. In five games for Caribes, Omar posted an 8-for-22 week with six runs scored and three RBI. Besting Infante's performance, outfielder Andres Torres went 11-for-22 with an amazing four doubles, one triple, two home runs, six runs scored, three RBI, and four walks. Also seeing action for Caribes, young reliever Lester Oliveros has moved his VWL scoreless inning streak to four innings in four appearances.
Quick Hits: Former Tiger catcher Danilo Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI last week for Escogido of the Dominican Winter League……Hard throwing right-hander Guillermo Moscoso has given up two hits and a run in each of his last two outings for Caracas……David Espinosa finally saw action for Magallanes, and he came through with a 2-for-5 performance with a stolen base……First-year pro Noah Krol was knocked around in his first outing, giving up two runs and three walks in only one inning of work for Peoria last week.