Thunder lose closer Duff; Schmidt sent back

Just hours before the start of a critical seven-game road trip in New Hampshire and Portland, the Thunder lost closer Grant Duff to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre today.
The Yankees were thoughtful enough to return Josh Schmidt to Double-A, but the truth is no one wanted to see Schmidt re-appear at Double-A after working so hard to get the hell out of there.
Duff, 27, was 0-2 with a 2.55 ERA and six saves in 17 appearances. he struck out 26 in just 18 2/3 innings.
Schmidt, 27, appeared in two games for SWB and was 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA.
With the Thunder, Schmidt is 1-0 with a 0.98 ERA. He was promoted to SWB, then returned, twice in a four-day span last week.

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