Allen Lessels' On Baseball: Wilson, Schimpf back in NH for Fisher Cats
KENNY WILSON is back in center field in Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Ryan Schimpf is back, too, and was the designated hitter on Monday night as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats opened a three-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils and a six-game homestand.
“Wilson is going to play every day in center field and Schimpf is going to play every day somewhere,” said New Hampshire manager Bobby Meacham. “He’s going to move around.”
Both players were with the Fisher Cats to begin the season and have already moved around some.
Wilson, in particular, has had an interesting last few weeks. He started his season with New Hampshire and Monday night was his 16th game of the season for the Fisher Cats. He’s also played two games against them.
His travels started on April 22. He was on the 40-man roster of the Toronto Blue Jays and the organization needed the roster spot and designated him for assignment. He was put on waivers and was claimed by the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins sent him to the New Britain Rock Cats and he played center field against the Fisher Cats in games in New Britain on May 2 and 3.
He went 1-for-3 at the plate the first game and 0-for-5 the next, both Rock Cats wins.
The Twins then designated Wilson for assignment and the process worked in reverse and Toronto claimed him back and he was in a Fisher Cats uniform on Monday.
Schimpf had a more traditional journey. He was transferred to Triple-A Buffalo on April 26 and was returned to New Hampshire on Sunday.
Wilson was batting second behind Jon Berti on Monday night and Schimpf was in the fifth spot. Wilson singled his first time up and was picked off first base. Schimpf delivered a two-run homer in his first at-bat in the second.
Wilson and Schimpf were involved in a series of roster moves in the last couple of days. First baseman Mike McDade, who did not play in Sunday’s 13-12 loss at Portland, was placed on the disabled list on Monday.
Pitcher Casey Janssen ended his rehab stint and went back to Toronto and catcher Aaron Munoz was placed on the disabled list.
Infielder Peter Mooney was activated from the DL and outfielder Brian Van Kirk was released.
Van Kirk had been reinstated from the restricted list on April 23. He was serving a 50-day suspension, issued last July 29, for a second violation for a drug of abuse as part of the minor league drug program.
THE Fisher Cats and Reading square off in morning games the next two days. New Hampshire sends righty Aaron Sanchez (1-2 record, 3.05 earned run average) up against Reading’s Perci Garner (3-2, 3.55) this morning at 11:35.
The Fisher Cats go with Deck McGuire (3-4, 3.40) against Reading lefty Jesse Biddle (3-4, 3.63) on Wednesday at 10:35.
New Hampshire is off on Thursday and opens a three-game set with Binghamton on Friday night at 6:35.
The Fisher Cats on Monday night were looking to bounce back from the rough 13-12 loss in Portland on Sunday.
The Sea Dogs took three of the four games in the series. On Sunday, the Fisher Cats trailed 5-0 early, rallied and led 12-9 going into the bottom of the ninth.
The first three Sea Dogs to the plate in the ninth drew walks and Portland ended up with four runs and the walk-off win. Fisher Cats pitchers walked nine Sea Dogs in the game.
Portland won the first two games in the series and the Fisher Cat took Saturday’s game, 6-5.
“To let the last one get away was tough,” Meacham said. “We could have come back with a split and gotten some good momentum coming back home.
Hopefully we can regroup. Like I tell them all the time, we’ve got to turn the page and keep going.”