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Rookie Arms Join the Squad

On June 13th, the Roadrunners picked up two pitching arms for their run for the pennant. Acquired and activated was Cubs rookie hurler Carlos Marmol for $5 FAAB. Also added to the roster was Braves farmhand Chuck James ($3 FAAB).

Marmol had an impressive performance last week, and will stick in the rotation instead of Glendon Rusch, who currently has a fork stuck in him. Marmol will be pulled from the rotation when Kerry Wood or Mark Prior return, so Marmol will likely get plenty of starts. Marmol was selected over Nationals rookie hurler Shawn Hill, who, while impressive, will likely lose his rotation spot sooner due to the return of John Patterson off the DL.

James did fairly well at the beginning of the season, but was placed on the DL with a strained hamstring on May 6th, and was activated and sent to AAA Richmond a few days ago. James will likely be called up to join the rotation when Horacio Ramirez, Jorge Sosa, or John Thomson (pick one) flames out.

To make room for Marmol and James on the roster, the Roadrunners said goodbye to two hitters, Damian Jackson and Cody Ross. Jackson was useful, especially in the OF, prior to the acquisition of Geoff Jenkins. However, Jose Guillen returned from the DL, and Jackson was relegated to utility and pinch-hitting roles. Ross was also starting one or two games per week, but wasn’t consistent enough to be in the starting lineup.