Monday, June 04, 2007

Johnson goes Pyro, Hilligoss loses streak and Wellman is suspended

The Jupiter Hammerheads' roster has been sprinkled with big leaguers on rehab assignments all season. Reliever Carlos Martinez took the mound tonight and it didn't go to well. He gave up a long home run and was up in the zone most of the inning he pitched.

Sitting in the dugout watching the game was Florida starting pitcher Josh Johnson (right), also in Jupiter on a rehab assignment. Johnson actually pitched on Sunday and looked good. Most big leaguers don't spend much time with the minor leaguers when they aren't on the field. Johnson is different. He appears to be one of those players who truly enjoy being around the game, which is why he is a new favorite of The Dugout.

Johnson will take the mound for the Double-A Carolina Mudcats on Friday. He looks close to returning. The big righty honored the unwritten code of big leaguers purchasing a post-game spread. Johnson went with Pyros, a local eatery that is a Hammerhead favorite.

The young Marlins are having a good week. Martinez bought Outback Steakhouse for the Hammerheads on Saturday and they feasted on Outback at a season ticket holder reception on Sunday. It's a good life, just don’t get too accustomed to it guys.

Hilli-done: Charleston third-baseman Mitch Hilligoss' record setting hit streak came to an end on Sunday at 38 games. Hilligoss was 0-for-4 with a walk at Savannah. He grounded out in the ninth inning in a final attempt to extend the streak.

The Dugout promised a full feature on Hilligoss if the streak reached 40 games. It likely won’t happen now. Still, a 38-game hitting streak, the 13th longest streak in minor league history, is awfully impressive. Congrats, Mitch.

Let's see if he gets moved up to the Yankees' FSL team in Tampa in the coming days. Think it's possible that the only reason he is still with Charleston was that the Yankees wanted to see how far he could take the streak?

Wellman suspended: The interesting part of Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman's three-game suspension is that it was imposed by the Atlanta organization, not the Southern League. A league suspension will surely follow, but the Braves suspension suggests this will be Wellman’s last season managing a Braves team.

In case you missed it, here is the videoclip of Wellman's meltdown

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