The struggling Mud Hens have hit the road for a four-game series in Indianapolis, and the team continues to make roster changes in an attempt to jump-start its offense.
The big addition is that of John Lindsey, a DH-1B who was playing for Laguna in the Mexican League. Lindsey was playing well, too: He had a .341 batting average with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs in 76 games for Los Vaqueros.
Even though he has been gone for a week, Lindsey still is tied for third in the Mexican Leaguein home runs, fourth in slugging percentage (.631) and among the league leaders with a home run every 13.67 at-bats.
Lindsey is known to many as having one of the longest journeys to the Major Leagues, playing 16 seasons in the minor leagues and independent baseball (and playing nearly 1,600 games) before getting an 11-game cameo with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010.
I talked to Lindsey while the Hens were in town and look forward to writing the story about him and his career in the coming days.
To make room for Lindsey on the roster, the Mud Hens have released IF Brent Dlugach. Dlugach has split time between the Hens, for whom he hit .169 with two homers and eight RBIs in 25 games, and Double-A Erie, batting .261 with no home runs or RBIs in seven games.
Dlugach was caught in a numbers game in Toledo, especially with the addition of Cale Iorg to the roster. The Mud Hens also have Audy Ciriaco and Argenis Diaz as middle infielders, and Matt Young also has experience at second base.
Dlugach played for the Mud Hens in 2006, when he was the everyday shortstop in the playoffs for the team that eventually won the Governors' Cup, and in 2009-10. In 2009 he was an International League mid- and post-season All Star after hitting .294 with nine homers and 59 RBIs in 125 games. He batted .258 with six homers and 41 RBIs in 117 games for Toledo the following season.
The Mud Hens also made room on the roster for RHP Jacob Turner, who will start for Toledo tonight when the Hens begin their four-game series at Indianapolis. Turner made one start for Detroit in place of LHP Drew Smyly while Smyly made his rehab start with the Mud Hens Thursday, June 21.
Turner will be making his eighth start for the Hens, and he is 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA as well as 27 strikeouts and 19 walks in 42 innings.
Robowski has split time between the Mud Hens, for whom he has gone 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA in seven relief appearances, and Double-A Erie, where he has a 0-0 record with two saves and a 0.43 ERA in 12 relief efforts. Robowski has 20 strikeouts in 21 innings with the SeaWolves.