Dryer and Aspito return


Matt Dryer felt the pain in his right shoulder.

But after missing two separate stints with the York Revolution due to other injuries, he continued to play through it.

Time was running out on the season.

Now, that’s all Dryer seems to have — time.

The Revolution slugger tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder without knowing it in 2007 and an MRI in September told the bad news. Since having surgery to correct the tear in October, Dryer has started intense physical therapy sessions that should have him ready to resume baseball activities when the Revs report to spring training in Lakeland, Fla. in April.

Over the weekend, York made Dryer’s signing for 2008 official. The team also re-signed outfielder Jason Aspito to a contract — a move that gives York two capable power bats in the middle of the lineup. Of course, that’s assuming Dryer’s recovery goes smoothly. I discuss that in more detail here.

Also, here is a Q&A with Dryer from last month. Below is a further look at both players’ numbers from last year.

Matt Dryer (3B/1B/DH) — Dryer hit .255 — right in line with the average for his minor league career (.254) — and hit 17 home runs in 341 at-bats. He added 69 RBIs and 51 runs scored in 89 games. He tore up Bridgeport’s pitching staff in the first series of the season, but tweaked a muscle in his rib cage shortly thereafter and was never the same. Dryer was one of the streakiest hitters for York last season, and maybe his injuries played a part in that. If he puts together a full season, it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers he can put up.

Jason Aspito (OF/3B/DH) — Aspito struggled for Edmonton of the Northern League and was released, but York saw something in him and gave him a shot. His acquisition was one of the best roster moves the club made in its inaugural season. Aspito hit .312 in 54 games and clubbed 11 home runs while driving in 32 runs. Unfortunately, he broke his wrist and was not able to return — except in one pitching performance. Defensively, Aspito was at his best in right field.

Gutierrez re-signs with Newark: Former Revolution infielder Vic Gutierrez has signed a deal to return to the Newark Bears, according to the Atlantic League Baseball News Blog. Gutierrez started the year with York in ’07 and was dealt in one of the worst head-scratching trades of the season. York received the rights to Barry Armitage in a trade with Newark for Gutierrez, and the Revs shipped Armitage to Lancaster for Scott Sobkowiak. Sobkowiak then retired — meaning York gave up Gutierrez for essentially nothing.

The move paid dividends for the Dominican Republic native, however. Gutierrez hit .329 in 140 at-bats with the Bears and was even used in the leadoff spot a number of times. After spraining his ankle in spring training with York, he was never able to play at full speed, but he seemed to work through his injury problems with the Bears.

Redman struggling (sort of): After battling the flu over the last several days, Tike Redman cracked the Orioles’ lineup in today’s 4-4 tie with the L.A. Dodgers. He went 0-for-3 and played left field before he was replaced in a double-switch for Oscar Salazar. It will be interesting to see how the quality of Redman’s play in spring training affects his status with the team. He looked like a lock to make the 25-man roster coming out of spring training — unfortunately, that was before the Erik Bedard and Miguel Tejada trades brought a number of other outfielders to the O’s.


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