JETHAWKS NOTEBOOK: SHORTSTOP PEREZ'S STATUS IMPROVES.Byline: Gideon Rubin Special to the Daily News
LANCASTER - In a playoff series in which defense figures to be a key factor, news that injured shortstop Kenny Perez (right ankle sprain ankle sprain Orthopedics A stretching of the ankle ligaments and/or muscles with swelling ) had his status upgraded from questionable to probable on Monday couldn't have come at better time for the JetHawks.
Lancaster opens a best-of-three California League The California League is a minor league baseball league which operates throughout the state of California. Before 2002, it was classified as a "High-A" league, indicating its status as a Class A league with the highest level of competition within that classification, and the fifth Southern Division playoff mini-series against High Desert tonight at 7.
Perez took batting practice and fielded ground balls before theJetHawks' 15-4 victory Monday over Lake Elsinore in the regular-season finale for both teams.
JetHawks manager Bill Plummer William Francis Plummer (born March 21, 1947 in Oakland, CA) was a catcher for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and the Seattle Mariners. While never a regular player (he was Johnny Bench's backup catcher during the Big Red Machine years), he did play solid defense. said he liked what he saw from Perez.
``He's really improved the last few days,'' Plummer said. ``He wanted to play today, but we wanted to give him a couple of extra days off. The last thing we wanted to do was put him in there (Monday) and something stinking stinking
having an intrinsic fetid smell.
irisfoetidissima. snaps and he's done.''
Perez was assigned to Lancaster shortly after being acquired by the parent Arizona Diamondbacks This article is about the baseball team. For other uses, see Diamondback.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (also referred to as the D-backs) are a Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They play in the West Division of the National League. from the Boston Red Sox The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox are a member and currently champions of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. From to the present, the Red Sox have played in Fenway Park. in a deal involving current Dodgers outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. in late July.
Perez was batting .320 (31 for 97) and had an 11-game hitting streak when he suffered the injury sliding into second base in an Aug. 25 game against Bakersfield.
--Milestones: The JetHawks accomplished several statistical milestones in an otherwise meaningless game Monday.
With 15 hits, Lancaster improved its team average to .302 to overtake High Desert for the California League's team batting title.
JetHawks infielder Danny Richar and utilityman Jay Garthwaite each finished the season with a .300 average after going 3 for 4 and 2 for 3, respectively.
JetHawks starter Jon Castellanos (10-3) allowed three runs on four hits in five innings to become the 13th pitcher in franchise history to reach double digits in victories.
--Hurricane relief: The JetHawks and their booster club raised $5,291 in donations for the American Red Cross American Red Cross: see Red Cross. Hurricane Relief Fund. The JetHawks gave free tickets to Monday's game to anyone contributing any amount to the fund.
Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607