Friday, June 1, 2012

Matera To The DL, Goodbye Joey D.

The Riversharks announced today that infielder Paddy Matera has been placed on the disabled list. In 15 games with the 'Sharks, Matera is batting .333 with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

The move slightly opens up a very crowded infield. Eduardo Perez, once the starting third baseman, has been used sparingly since Camden acquired Marquez Smith last month. Perez has been making a strong showing lately as the DH, in today's doubleheader vs. the Somerset Patriots he went 5 for 8 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI.

With the impending return of Raul Padron and Pedro Feliz, the log jam gets worse. It's possible that Brian Burgamy could be moved from first base to left field, he spent some time there last season and is a good all-around utility player. But that doesn't solve the problem of possibly having three third baseman, plus Lloyd Turner and Matera fighting it out for the second baseman's job. Matera's DL stint won't last long, but when it's up look for some major shakeups in the 'Sharks infield.

Also, Atlantic League rules dictate that the roster be trimmed to 25 players by June 1st. To meet that requirement the 'Sharks have placed reliever Joe D'Allessandro on the inactive list. It may be only a matter of time before he's released. That's kind of a shame, not only because he's a local guy, but because in his last three appearances, Joey D was unhittable. He had 7 strikeout in his last 4 innings pitched, including striking out the side in a May 24th appearance vs. the Patriots.

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