OF Gorecki added to Thunder roster

New Thunder outfielder Reid Gorecki

One day after claiming outfielder Chad Huffman off waivers from the San Diego Padres and assigning him to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees sent veteran minor-league outfielder Reid Gorecki to the Double-A Thunder.
Gorecki, 29, replaces Edwar Gonzalez, who was shelved with what I am sure will be a very creative injury considering he seemed just fine and ready to go when I spoke to him Tuesday.
But that’s the nature of the beast in the minors.
It is nonetheless a very tough early break for Gonzalez, who is looking for a bounce-back season after a very disappointing 2009.
In order to get the Trenton roster down to the 24-man limit by tonight’s first pitch against Erie at Waterfront Park, third-string catcher Neall French and reliever Cory Arbiso also were placed on the DL.
Alan Horne, the 2007 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year with the Thunder, also was put on the Trenton disabled list, but Horne will not pitch this season after rotator cuff surgery this month.
Right-hander Paul Bush also was tucked away on the Double-A DL.
The 6-foot-1, 176-pound Gorecki has 31 games of major league service time with the Atlanta Braves last season.
A native of Queens currently residing in East Rockaway, Gorecki has 76 home runs and a lifetime batting average of .268 in 749 minor-league games since being selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2002 draft.
Gorecki is penciled in to hit sixth tonight against SeaWolves’ left-hander Jon Kibler.
Here is the rest of the lineup:
Austin Krum cf
David Adams 2b
Austin Romine c
Brandon Laird 3b
Damon Sublett lf
Reid Gorecki dh
Kevin Smith 1b
Daniel Brewer rf
Luis Nunez ss

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We are not going to do much in the way of inning-by-inning updates this season. Just the bare bones stuff and anything else of interest that comes up throughout the evening.
We’ll leave the nuts and bolts of actual game coverage to Thunder blog master Mike Ashmore at Thunder Thoughts. Be sure to check him out if you have not already – and more than 600,000 of you have.

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