Major League Rehab Asssignments

After a heartbreaking loss in High Desert last night, we rebounded tonight to take the series opener from the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego affiliate), albeit with some help from some Major League rehabbers.  Kelvim Escobar started for us tonight and threw 4.2 innings (his pitch count was 60), while Vladimir Guerrero was our designated hitter and had a double, RBI, and a run in three at-bats.  Cliff Floyd was on rehab assignment with the Storm, taking some at-bats as their designated hitter.

It is common for the California League to be home to some Major League rehab appearances due to some affiliates’ close proximities to the locations of their parent clubs.  These rehabbers do not cost their teams roster space, and all players on the active roster as eligible to play.  Escobar and Guerrero are the second and third players making appearances for us this season, with Ervin Santana making a start for us a few weeks ago.  There always seems to be more of a frenzy prior to these games.  Scores of fans line the fences to get a glimpse of the Major Leaguers and hope that they pause from their pregame routines to sign a few autographs.

To the players, it is business as usual with us going through our regular routines.  However, we do take the time to watch these players go about their routines; after all, they are who we are striving to become.  For the fans though, these rarities are a much bigger deal and jump at the chance to see Big Leaguers in their backyards (at a much cheaper rate).  A tangible perk for the players of these assignments is that a post-game spread is usually purchased for us by the Major Leaguers.


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