Kyle Roller is one of two RailRiders set to represent Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the upcoming All-Star Game.(AP)
Moosic, Pa. - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) catcher Austin Romine and 1st baseman/DH Kyle Roller have been named to the 2015 International League All-Star team. The duo will represent SWB in the 28th-Annual First National Bank Triple-A All-Star Game, presented by Gildan, on July 15 in Omaha, Neb. The exhibition between the best of the IL and the Pacific Coast League will be broadcast live from Werner Park on MLB Network, American Forces Network, MiLB.TV and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
The 2015 International League All-Star squad is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club's field managers and general managers (1/3), members of the media (1/3), and online fan voting (1/3). The elected players are joined by 17 additional All-Stars selected by the International League office. Each of the IL's 14 clubs will be represented in Omaha.
Both Romine and Roller were selected to the team. Romine enters today on a 17-game hitting streak, tied for the longest string of swinging success in the league all season. He has hit .371 (26-for-70) over his run with 16 RBIs. He ranks sixth among the loop's catchers in caught-stealing percentage and has nabbed the 3rd-highest total of would-be base stealers among the ranked backstops. Roller leads the team and ranks among the IL's best in HRs (12, T-4th), RBIs (43, T-5th), walks (41, 2nd) and HR/AB ratio (1:22.25, 5th).
Following last year's 7-3 victory in the Triple-A All-Star Game, the IL owns a 10-7 advantage in the 17 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format. The winning league this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the "home team" at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22 in El Paso, Texas.
The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a 6-day, 7-game homestand starting on the 4th of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
Rob Refsnyder…punch your ticket to Boston because you’re coming to “The Show”.
Jack Curry of the YES Network is reporting the Yankees will call up Rob Refsnyder for tomorrow’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Refsnyder had been on a tear offensively with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, hitting .290/.387/.413 in 81 games this season. Since Refsnyder’s promotion to Triple-A, the only question anyone could ask was when would the Yankees bring up Refsnyder.
Now the main question is who would be the roster move for Refnsyder. Could it be Stephen Drew, or maybe the Yankees are being cautious with Chase Headley and are going to place him on the DL? The Yankees will make the roster move tomorrow but as of right now, all we know is Refsnyder is being called up. So, let the “Youth Movement” begin.
New York Yankees call up infielder Cole Figueroa; Jose Pirela optioned to Triple-A
07/09/2015 1:18 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Cole Figueroa fields a throw during the sixth inning of a spring training game.(AP)
BRONX, N.Y. - The New York Yankees have selected the contract of INF Cole Figueroa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he is in the lineup hitting 9th and playing 3rd base for Thursday's series finale with the Athletics.
To make room for Figueroa on the 25-man and 40-man rosters, INF Jose Pirela was optioned to Triple-A and OF Taylor Dugas was designated for assignment.
Figueroa, 28, was signed as a minor-league free agent and has spent the entire season with the RailRiders, hitting .317 with 3 HRs, 36 RBIs, and 17 doubles in 77 games. He has been especially productive over the last month and change, hitting .386 with a .952 OPS over his last 49 games - the best average in the International League over that span - and manager Joe Girardi felt he was a strong option to come up and play the hot corner while Chase Headley continues to deal with calf soreness.
"He's been playing extremely well in Triple-A, swinging the bat extremely well, and he's versatile," the skipper said of Figueroa. "He can play 3rd, short, and 2nd, but right now, until we get (Chase Headley) back, we'll platoon it in a sense."
The skipper admitted that when Headley does return, Figueroa could be an option elsewhere in the infield, but that he would "leave it be" until the third baseman returns.
Headley has missed the entire Athletics series because of that calf issue, but Girardi said his third baseman feels better and he's keeping his fingers crossed Headley can play this weekend in Boston.
"I was really encouraged by the way he said he felt today - it's actually the insertion point where the hamstring goes into the back of the knee, where that and the calf meet," Girardi said, "but he said he's much better today, so I hope (he will play in Boston)."
Regarding Headley, the skipper said that the third baseman feels "much better" today, and he is "keeping my fingers crossed" that Headley will be an option this weekend in Boston.
Pirela has had 2 stints with the Yankees this season, hitting .212 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs in 29 games.
Dugas, 25, has split this season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .200 with 10 RBI in 47 games for Trenton and .293 with 5 RBIs in 12 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was added to the 40-man roster and called up to the Majors on July 1st, but sent back down 2days later without making an appearance.
Along with those roster moves, Girardi also announced that infielder Brendan Ryan officially began a rehab assignment Thursday, playing 3rd base for SWB. Ryan will transfer to Trenton on Friday, which the skipper said was a move to be made because the RailRiders begin a long road trip Friday, and the team will evaluate the slick-fielding shortstop's status after a few days with the Thunder.
Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan begins rehab assignment
07/09/2015 3:11 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan reacts after lining out.(AP)
New York Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan officially began a rehab assignment on Thursday, playing 5 innings at 3rd base and going 1-for-3 in the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders' 5-2 loss to Syracuse at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
Hitting second in the lineup, Ryan, who has been on the DL since June 24 (retroactive to June 22nd) with a right thoracic strain, singled in his 1st at-bat against righty Bruce Billings, who spent most of last season in the Yankees organization pitching for SWB. He got on with a 1-out liner to left and moved to 2nd on Ramon Flores' single, but he was erased on Aaron Judge's 5-5-3 double play.
Ryan then fouled out to the catcher in the 3rd, and flew out to left to end the 5th.
Defensively, Ryan had 3 assists; the 1st came on a 5-3 groundout to end the 3rd, the 2nd on a 5-2 force play at the plate in the 4th, and the 3rd was in the middle of a 7-5-3-4-1 putout that recorded the final out of the 5th.
With the RailRiders roster short of infielders due to Cole Figueroa's MLB promotion and Nick Noonan being placed on the DL, Ryan was replaced defensively by Rico Noel - an outfielder making just his 2nd-ever appearance at the hot corner - to start the 6th.
This is the 33-year-old infielder's second stint on the DL this season; he started the year disabled due to calf and hamstring injuries, and played just 6 MLB games - where he was 4-for-13 with 2 RBIs - before going down with the thoracic injury.
Prior to the Yankees' game with Oakland Thursday, Manager Joe Girardi said Ryan will transfer his rehab to Double-A Trenton Thunder on Friday because SWB is headed on a long road trip, and the team will evaluate his status after a few days with the Thunder.
Mariners sign former Yankees RHP Chien-Ming Wang to minor league deal
07/12/2015 12:35 PM ET
By A.J. Herrmann
Chien-Ming Wang went 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA in five seasons with the Yankees(MLB)
The Seattle Mariners have signed former Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract, according to reports.
The 35-year-old righty began the season in the Atlanta Braves organization, playing for Triple-A Gwinnett, where he posted a 6.10 ERA and went 2-6 before his release on June 19th.
Wang has posted a career record of 62-34 in his 8 years in the Majors, with an ERA of 4.37.
The 6-foot-4 pitcher played 5 seasons with the Yankees, and has spent time most recently with the Washington Nationals (2011-2012) and the Toronto Blue Jays last year.
In 2006, Wang tied Johan Santana for the MLB lead with 19 wins. He followed that season with 19 more wins in 2007, and a career-high 104 strikeouts.
Injuries plagued the latter half of Wang's career, partially tearing a tendon and spraining his foot while running the bases against the Houston Astros in 2008. He began that season 8-2, but pitched in only 12 more games for the Yankees after that.
Wang will join the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners' Triple-A club, in an attempt to make his way to a Seattle pitching staff that ranks tied for 22nd in MLB with 41 wins.