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duke of dorwood
04-04-2002, 04:42 PM
He is pitching at Charlotte tonight. Anyone heard of the particulars? Like how long he will be allowed to go?

duke of dorwood
04-04-2002, 04:45 PM
Here's the Charlotte observer article

The Charlotte Knights, not quite at full strength, open their International League baseball season tonight at 7:15 in Norfolk, Va.

The Knights, trying to bounce back from a disappointing 67-77 effort in 2001, have 10 returning players on their active roster as they try to move back into contention in a Class AAA league that saw them win its title as recently as 1999.

"We've got some guys that lack experience at the Triple-A level, but we've also got some guys that have been around," said new manager Nick Capra, who played in Charlotte in 1995. "Hopefully, it's going to be a good blend and we can learn from each other and put together a pretty good package."

Back are third baseman Joe Crede, who had a strong spring with the parent Chicago White Sox but couldn't find a spot with the major-league club, and outfielder Jeff Inglin.

The two might bat third and fourth; last season Crede hit .276 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs, and Inglin led the team in homers with 24, batting .272 with 75 RBIs.

More pop should be on the way; outfielder Joe Borchard, out with a broken foot, could be in the Charlotte lineup by May 1.

The pitching rotation will begin with rehabilitating left-hander Jim Parque, who will pitch tonight. Parque, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is trying to regain his velocity before returning to Chicago.

He'll be followed by right-hander Mitch Wylie, right-hander Geronimo Mendoza, right-hander Delvis Lantigua and left-hander Thomas Jacquez. None of the four pitched for Charlotte last season.

The home opener will be 7:15 Tuesday against Indianapolis.