For the second time this week, a major league organization has plucked a reliever from the York Revolution’s pitching staff.
The Boston Red Sox purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Jeff Farnsworth before Saturday’s game, assigning the former major leaguer to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Brewers purchased the contract of closer Franklin Nunez.
Farnsworth went 3-2 with one save in 40 innings for the Revs. He struck out 45 and walked 22.
The free-spirited Farnsworth hadn’t appeared in a game since Monday, suffering from an illness that kept him away from the park for a game this week.
Farnsworth appeared in 44 games for the Detroit Tigers in 2002. And he played for the White Sox Triple-A affiliate last season.
Farnsworth kept the Revs on their toes this season, throwing small fireworks at his teammates during and after July 4. Standing in the makeshift clubhouse area beyond right field, Farnsworth would reach into his sliding shorts and pull out a firework, lighting it before he threw it at unassuming teammates. Farnsworth also prepared to pitch early in the game by warming up without a ball. But he also was a valuable veteran on the pitching staff who taught spot starter Byron Batson a new release point for his slider.