Toledo MLN: Injuries Decimate Hens

What was supposed to be a stacked roster is quickly losing its punch as early season injuries take a toll on the Mud Hens, especially in the outfield.

Closer Jay Sborz improved to 7-for-7 in save attempts Sunday as the Mud Hens won 3-2 at Columbus to improve to 10-8 overall.

"He's been doing a great job for us," Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish said. "He's converted every time we've used him. For a guy that had never done that at this level, that's a pretty good job."

Sborz (7) earned three saves this week, allowing just one hit and one walk in three innings with three strikeouts. He hasn't allowed a run in 8 1/3 innings this season, giving up only four hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga (3-1) earned the win Sunday. He won both of his starts this week, pitching 13 innings with eight strikeouts. He allowed two runs allowed off seven hits and three walks.

Right-handed pitcher Ruddy Lugo (1-2) spent two nights in the hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive from the second batter in Friday's game. He was released from the hospital Sunday morning and placed on the 7-day DL.

"It's scary, no doubt about it," Parrish said.

"That was scary."

Outfielder Ryan Strieby was also placed on the 7-day DL with the two-year old injury to his left wrist acting up. He was 2-for-28 the last two weeks while battling through the injury. The Hens re-assigned outfielder Deik Scram and left-handed pitcher Ryan Ketchner from Erie to Toledo to fill in for Strieby and Lugo. Scram went 3-for-7 in his first two games for Toledo, doubling in his first two Triple-A at-bats.

Clete Thomas was activated from the DL Sunday to provide much needed depth to an ailing outfield. He struggled in his first game back, going 0-for-4 with three strike outs.

"Right now we're battling, trying to get guys healthy," Parrish said. "We were supposed to have four guys in the outfield that were supposed to be studs this year."

One of those ‘studs' is outfielder Brennan Boesch, who was called up to the Tigers on Friday when Carlos Guillen was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury. Boesch is 22-for-58 in the International League this season with a league-best 17 RBI. He went 3-for-12 with an RBI in three games with Detroit this weekend.

"It's good for him," Parrish said. "Hopefully he'll help those guys out up there. He's a kid with a lot of topside right now. He still has some rough edges that he needs to clean up. He's getting a taste of where he should play for a long time."

On the opposite end of the spectrum, shortstop Brent Dlugach received his first day off yesterday after going just 2-for-23 with two RBI, one run scored and 11 strike outs in six games this past week.

"We don't have enough guys healthy right now to give a guy a day off," Parrish said. "He has been struggling a little bit. We tried to move him down the order to take a little pressure off. He hit the ball good the first time up [Saturday] but that was it."

Outfielder Casper Wells started the week 5-for-8 in two games with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. However, he hit just 1-for-18 with one run scored and six strike outs in the last five games.

"He's been struggling offensively," Parrish said. "He's had two good games and the rest have been a struggle so far."

Toledo plays in Columbus again at 6:35 p.m. Monday and then begins an eight-game home stretch starting Tuesday.

Notes:

Outfielder Jeff Frazier broke a nine-game hit streak when he went 0-for-4 Sunday. He was 11-for-40 during the streak with six runs scored and three RBI.

Friday's 6-2 loss was the first time this season Toledo lost a game after holding the lead.


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