Trenton Notes - 7/15

Here are the news and notes from Trenton's game against Portland on Thursday. Kevin Brown made a rehab appearance and their were some roster moves as well.

Thunder RHP Javier Ortiz has been promoted to Triple-A Columbus and RHP Carlos Reyes returns to Trenton after his second stint of the year with the Clippers. Ortiz, an Eastern League All-Star, was 6-6 on the year with a 3.96 ERA. He pitched one scoreless inning in Wednesday night's Eastern League All-Star Game before reporting to Columbus today. There is no word on when Ortiz will make his first Triple-A start. Carlos Reyes will be making his second visit to Trenton this year. In his first stint, Reyes was 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA. Reyes gave up eleven earned runs in his twenty and one third innings of work and had an opposing batting average of .296. After Reyes was promoted to Triple-A on June 15th, he went 2-1 with a 5.88 ERA. In Columbus, he had an opposing batting average of .381 and gave up seventeen earned runs in twenty six innings pitched. Reyes is scheduled to make his first start on Monday at Akron when the Thunder begin an eleven game in eleven day road trip against the Aeros. 
Yankee General Manger Brian Cashman was on hand to watch Thursday's game between the Thunder and the Portland Sea Dogs. After Brown's rehab assignment, both Kevin Brown and Brian Cashman answered questions from the media. Cashman would tell reporters after the game that Brown's setback in his rehab start would not leave the Yankees short in the rotation. He also said that he will talk with Joe Torre after the Yankees game tonight as well as with their Major League Operations office in Tampa. Cashman said that the decision regarding where and when Kevin Brown makes his next rehab start will be a collective decision between all parties involved. It will most likely not be with the Thunder however as the Thunder start an 11 game in 11 day road trip on Monday. 
The Trenton Thunder announced today that they will collect new hats, visors, and sunscreen for the victims of Monday's flood in Burlington County, NJ through the first two games of their home stand. This was the same storm that forced the postponement of Monday's game with the Norwich Navigators.  In Monday's storm, several dams burst in South Jersey causing severe flooding for many residents in the Medford Lakes and Cherry Hill area. According to Thunder General Manger Rick Brenner, "The people of Burlington County have supported the Thunder for years and this is one simple way to help them in their time of need." All items collected will be donated to the Burlington County Chapter of the American Red Cross on Saturday morning.

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