Pitching help: Revs sign DeSalvo

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York manager Andy Etchebarren called this stretch of the season a test. He had just returned to the team after needing time off to treat back pain caused by two bulging discs and arthritis. He returned to a team suffering because defections have depleted his pitching staff. The team has survived this week by playing with three starting pitchers (Celson Polanco, Jarod Plummer and Corey Thurman). All three have pitched on three-day’s rest, and reliever Ryan Basner agreed to make his first start since 2008.
The Revs signed former big leaguer Matt DeSalvo, 29, Saturday, according to Revs director of player procurement Michael Kirk. He is expected to start Sunday against Lancaster.
So how difficult has this stretch been? Etchebarren revealed the coaching staff thought they had enough pitchers to win a nine-inning game Friday. Had the game gone into extra innings, though, Etchebarren would have called on closer R.J. Rodriguez to keep pitching or turned to Thurman.
It’s been a tricky week to figure out what pitchers are available.
LHP Matt Riley (family reasons), LHP Damian Moss (family reasons), LHP Jesus Sanchez (contract to play in Taiwan), LHP A.J. Murray (family reasons) and RHP Plummer (birth of a child), have either left the team or — in the case of Plummer — will leave the team after Saturday’s game.


DeSalvo last pitched in the big leagues with the Braves in 2008. He made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2007, starting seven games and going 1-3.
He started one game for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs last season before earning a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. He pitched in Triple-A for the Rays’ and Marlins’ organizations last season, and he has posted a 37-43 career record in the minors with a 4.00 ERA.
DeSalvo is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and Revs pitching coach Mark Mason is familiar with him after seeing him pitch in college.
Not just a stop gap, DeSalvo could be a starter the Revs turn to in the playoffs if he is able to succeed during the final six weeks of the Atlantic League season. He has pitched in Triple-A or higher every year since 2006.
DeSalvo (0-2, 16.38 ERA) struggled with the Marlins Triple-A team early this season, resulting in his release in May. Since then he has pitched for the Canton Stallions in the American Amateur Baseball Congress East Central Regional.

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4 Responses to Pitching help: Revs sign DeSalvo

  1. Larry Shaffer says:

    HEY Etch, I really hope you feel a lot better soon. YOU made the whole team sick! I not even going to say much, this time! REMEMBER THE GUYS THAT HELPED YOU WIN THE FIRST HALF, Names sound familar, Youman, Zimmerman, and oh yea ALL STAR McCall. They are still in the league. Just had their backs turned and got sent packing! OH the guys HE BROUGHT in to replace them, Murray, Moss, Plumber, are heading home! NOW we hear Etch say it a test of the team! NO ETCH, you hurt your own team, by your ego! THANKS!

  2. Larry Shaffer says:

    Read the morning paper this morning! GEE you would have thought the starting pitcher did bad again, (as Etch always says) Thurmond pitched a gem, all all you hear from Etch is, how the starting pitching needs fixed and will be somehow by the start of the playoffs.
    Lets see that is back to back starts for Thurmond that were way above average. Plummer AGREED To stay another day to help out the starters, ETCH said he will take one for the team by staying in longer then normal, He did that, and gets bad mouthed the next day! ETCH your a catcher, you worked with pitcher, yea the defense is great and maybe it is .990 but lets hear something positive about the starters that are breaking their backs trying to OVER COME you sending half the starter down the drain, for helping YOU win the First half!
    Even a reliever took a turn to help you out and not thanks in public for that either! Eva hear you get a lot more with sugar then you do vinagar? GO REVS

  3. Sec 4 says:

    Larry, I completely agree! Corey did absolutely awesome on Tues and Etch didn’t say one positive word! Especially after he had a great start previously on only 3 days rest. He has plenty of negative things to say but I rarely hear him say anything positive about the great job players are doing.

  4. Sec 4 says:

    Larry, I completely agree! Corey did absolutely awesome on Tues and Etch didn’t say one positive word! Especially after he had a great start previously on only 3 days rest. He has plenty of negative things to say but I rarely hear him say anything positive about the great job players are doing.

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