Sunday (April 8): Pint Removed With Injury; Hoffman to Begin Rehab
Former first-round draft choice Riley Pint was removed from his start for Class A Asheville after 23 pitches with an injury. No further details were available.
Right-hander Jeff Hoffman, shut down after four innings in two appearances during the spring because of right shoulder soreness, will being a minor-league rehab assignment on Tuesday, pitching for High-A Lancaster against San Jose in a California League game.
After that, Hoffman will join Triple-A Albuquerque. A pitcher can spend up to 30 days on a rehab assignment. Hoffman, however, still has an option so if he is not at full strength in the allotted time period he could be optioned to the minor leagues.
Meanwhile, David Dahl was out of the Albuquerque lineup for the second day in a row on Sunday with an illness. It is not considered serious.
In Sunday's games:
AAA Albuquerque (3-1) 11 at Salt Lake City 4. Sam Howard (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits, striking out four in five innings for the victory. Tom Murphy, who raised his average to .625 with a 3-for-4 effort, and Anthony Phillips both hit home runs.
AA Harford (0-4) 2 vs, New Hampshire 4. Peter Lambert started and worked six shutout innings, striking out five while giving up five hits and a walk. Logan Cozart suffered the loss in relief, allowing four runs in two innings. Cavon Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, hit a two-run home run in the seventh.
High A Lancaster (3-1) 11 at Modesto 9. Roberto Ramosand Colton Welker combined to drive in all 11 runs. Ramos became first Jethawk in three years to hit three home runs in a game. After being held hitless in his first two at-bats, Ramos delivered two-run home runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. Colton Welker (.667) was 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and five RBI.
Low A Asheville (0-4) 9 at Delmarva 14. Pint started but was removed with an undisclosed injury in the first inning. He was charged with giving up five runs,three earned, on two hits and two walks. Delmarva scored 32 runs in the last two games.