THE NEWBERG REPORT — MAY 28, 2007
According to multiple media accounts, Texas has signed lefthander Mark Redman to pitch for Oklahoma. The 33-year-old went 0-4, 11.63 in five starts and a relief appearance for Atlanta before the Braves released him on Tuesday. This was the seventh straight season that Redman began with a new club. He’ll start for the RedHawks tomorrow.
In addition, Frisco outfielder Ben Harrison has been activated from the disabled list, which he’s been on all season due to a separated shoulder he sustained playing in Venezuela this winter. After hitting .289/.379/.510 between Bakersfield and Frisco last year, with 26 homers and 101 RBI in 494 at-bats, Harrison hit .311/.414/.477 in 132 winter league at-bats until suffering the shoulder injury, which led to late-November surgery.
Baseball America reports that Texas released righthander Jon Wilson, the club’s 27th round pick in 2005. Wilson had a phenomenal rookie season in 2005 for Spokane (3-1, 2.08 with 11 saves, 49 strikeouts and only four walks in 34.2 innings), and went 1-3, 4.53 with three saves for Bakersfield in 2006. He was 0-2, 6.39 with a pair of saves in 11 Blaze appearances this season.
Also, on the big league level, Brandon McCarthy reportedly threw 12 pitches in the bullpen yesterday before calling his side short. It’s not clear whether this puts his Wednesday afternoon start in Oakland in jeopardy.