Nunez leaves Revs

Heading into the first postseason in franchise history, the York Revolution will be without closer Franklin Nunez.

Nunez left the Revs Monday to return home to Tampa, Fla. to attend to a personal matter. He joined York mid-season this year after pitching with Saltillo in the Mexican League. He amassed a 2-1 record, 11 saves and a 3.98 ERA in 18 appearances with the Revolution.

Adam Gladstone, the Revolution director of baseball operations, was understanding about Nunez’s need to leave the team and while he was surprised, he does not harbor any ill feelings about the timing of the move. Gladstone said York has a number of players capable of sliding into the closer’s role — mainly former big leaguers Juan Padilla and Travis Phelps.

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Playoff rotation set

Thursday’s playoff-clinching win for the York Revolution accomplished many things.

It allowed the Revs to celebrate in their home clubhouse and in front of their fans. It gave York a break after two months of pressure-packed baseball. And it ultimately led York to the realization that winning the Community Cup and heading into the postseason with a burst of momentum would be a good thing.

But there’s no debate what was likely more important than any of those things.

The early clinch also allowed Revolution manager Chris Hoiles to set up his playoff starting rotation as best as possible.

Hoiles announced after Sunday’s thrilling 8-7 win over the Barnstormers that Aaron Rakers (pictured) will get the nod in Game 1 of the Freedom Division Series. Rakers (11-8, 4.52) was the July Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month and he is also York’s only starter who will have a full four days of rest heading into Tuesday’s Game 1 with Somerset. Rakers pitched six innings in Thursday’s playoff clincher.

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Dryer leaves game with shin injury

York Revolution slugger Matt Dryer left the first game of Saturday’s Route 30 doubleheader after fouling a ball off his shin in his first at-bat of the game.

Dryer, who hit a team-record nine homers in August, was replaced by Kenny Perez in the lineup and his status is uncertain. The Revs went on to claim an 8-1 victory over Lancaster.

Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, said Dryer’s shin is sore but did not have further information on the extent of the injury.

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Trouble brewing for Revs’ rotation?

Although the turnaround of the York Revolution offense has been a key part of the Revs’ recent hot streak, you can’t overlook the importance of the Revs’ starting pitching lately.

Rolando Viera was just the latest starter to come up big for York in Sunday’s 3-2 win. And a team doesn’t win nine of 10 games without getting some quality innings out of the starting rotation. In the last 17 games, York’s starters own a 9-4 record and a collective 4.00 ERA. Both numbers are very solid for the Atlantic League.

But even with York’s recent string of quality starts, the need for another starting pitcher is a glaring weakness on the Revolution roster.

Aaron Rakers (9-6, 4.35 ERA), the Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month for July, is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Southern Maryland’s Brad Whitworth (1-1, 3.52 ERA). But Rakers (pictured) has been battling soreness in his throwing arm since a complete-game win against Newark on Aug. 6. He’s also thrown 113 2/3 innings this year, which is 23 innings more than Rakers’ previous career high (90 2/3).

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Hillenbrand out with injury

York Revolution third baseman Shea Hillenbrand returned home to Arizona Thursday afternoon to receive treatment from his personal trainer for an injured hamstring.

The Revolution did not place Hillenbrand on the inactive or disabled list, although a timetable for his return has not been set. Hillenbrand knocked in the game-tying run with a double and scored the game-winning run in York’s dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind win over Southern Maryland Wednesday night. He had an awkward slide into home plate on Luis Taveras’ game-winning RBI single.

Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, was quick to point out that Hillenbrand basically took one round of batting practice with York before settling into an every-day role. His point was that the former Major League All-Star has been playing himself into baseball shape and Gladstone doesn’t expect the injury to be too serious.

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Veres placed on inactive list

A week after losing All-Star Nick McCurdy to the Florida Marlins, the York Revolution is in the market for a closer once again.

Veteran right-hander Dave Veres was placed on the inactive list Monday and drove back to his home in Colorado. Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, didn’t rule out a possible Veres return this season but that seems incredibly unlikely. Veres posted a 1-2 record and 2.27 ERA in 35 appearances and struggled with a variety of injuries during his stint in York.

Veres’ departure comes at an interesting time. He saved all three games in a weekend sweep over Camden and had at least partially regained the form he showed early in the season. But perhaps Veres realized that with his health history (artificial hip), his chances of being signed by an affiliated organization were slim.

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Four Revs named All-Stars

For the second straight year, four members of the York Revolution have been named to the Atlantic League All-Star team.

Relief pitchers Nick McCurdy and Jason Olson garnered spots on the Freedom Division squad along with outfielder Jason Aspito and catcher Sandy Aracena. Aspito was voted in as the starter at designated hitter while Aracena was selected as the reserve catcher for the team.

Entering Sunday, Aspito (pictured) led the Revs in homers (10) and RBIs (38) as well as a slew of clutch categories. He leads York in two-out RBIs, go-ahead RBIs and has also been stellar in the outfield. The Notre Dame football fanatic has six outfield assists this year — good for tops on the Revs.

Aracena, a product of the Dodgers system, has been a very consistent Atlantic Leaguer for the last two years. This season, he’s hitting .312 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 43 games. He hit .324 for the month of June and is hitting a robust .347 at home (.280 on the road). Aracena has also gunned down 12 of 35 baserunners attempting to steal (34 percent), which is not a bad ratio at all.

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