The Revs traded outfielder Stephen Douglas to Laredo of the independent American Association in exchange for future considerations. As has been his tendency since taking over the Revs, Etchebarren could wait several months to receive a player in return.
The move didn’t come down to offense. Even though Douglas struggled at the plate, he didn’t have the lowest batting average of York’s outfielders. Douglas batted .221 in 21 games, and he hit a memorable three-run homer off the Revs’ clubhouse roof to complete a comeback victory against the Somerset Patriots earlier this month.
But because of an injury to leadoff man Scott Grimes, York manager Andy Etchebarren believed he needed a player capable of playing center field every day if needed.
“Douglas, I didn’t like the way he played center field,” Etchebarren said. “He played way too deep, a lot of balls falling a lot of balls misjudged that should have been caught. I need a center fielder to rest Grimes.”
The release of Douglas opens a roster spot for the Revs to sign a full-time center fielder.
Grimes has batted a team-low .150, but he has not looked right since he suffered a fractured bone in his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch May 8 in Long Island.
“I’m not healthy yet, it’s not 100 percent yet,” Grimes said. “It’s getting better day by day, but I don’t think playing is helping it that much. But there’s nothing I can really do. So we’re going to try to get it to the point where I don’t feel anything in there.”
Able to play, but not without pain, the onetime league MVP only missed eight games (or nine days) of action after being hit by a pitch. Although he hasn’t asked out of the lineup, it’s obvious he’s in pain. He could be seen shaking his right hand after fouling off pitches in at-bats this week.
Grimes described the pain as a “quick pinch” on the outside of his wrist on “certain swings.”