Quick Friday Hits
Jay Jackson (’08), who has been in Extended Spring Training nursing an shoulder injury sustained late in camp, was assigned to the Iowa Cubs and tossed five innings to pick up a win in the 9-4 victory Thursday night against Albuquerque. Also coming off the AAA disabled list was Welington Castillo (’06), who injured a thumb late in Spring Training and has been DHing and catching with the Daytona Cubs – and rejoined the I-Cubs.
Unfortunately, due to the numbers, a former Hawk, Jake Muyco (’05/’08), was released by the Cubs prior to Iowa’s game Thursday night. The North Carolina State product struggled in his two outings this season, posting a 18.00 ERA.
On the flip-side, former Hawks pitcher Ryan Acosta (’07), who was released during the offseason by the Yankees organization, was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers and is expected to begin in Advanced-A.
The first Independent League to start play this year is the Atlantic League, which will begin with a pair of former Hawks on their rosters – outfielder Chris Walker (’02/’03) with the York Revolution, and pitcher Carlos Vasquez (’02), with the Camden Riversharks.