Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gardenhire promoted, Roberts placed on DL

baseball,Fort Myers Miracle

The New Britain Rock Cats announced Monday that former Miracle outfielder Brandon Roberts has been placed on the 7-Day disabled list, effective immediately. The 23-year-old from Bakersfield, CA has been bothered much of the early season by a left hamstring strain that has limited him to just 8 game appearances for the 2008 Rock Cats. It is hoped that a complete rest will aid in restoring the speedy Roberts to full capacity.

In 2006, the 6'0"/185-pound Roberts tied for the Florida State League lead with 50 stolen bases. Thus far in 2008, the hobbled Cal Poly product is batting .188 in just 32 at-bats.

Replacing Roberts on the New Britain roster is Toby Gardenhire, a 24-year-old middle infielder who has been playing for the Ft. Myers Miracle in the Single-A Florida State League.

With the Miracle, Gardenhire – son of Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire – batted .333 over 15 games in the new season. The 6'0"/175-pound Gardenhire was selected out of the University of Illinois by Minnesota in the 41st Round of the 2005 Draft.

The Miracle have not received anyone to replace Gardenhire, but infielder Danny Berg is scheduled to come off the DL on Thursday.

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