Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney continues to tinker with his lineup early in the American Association season.
Forney announced today a series of roster moves:
the club has signed rookie right-handed pitcher Wes Alsup;
activated left-handed pitcher Pete Gehle from the inactive list and;
placed right-handed pitchers Chris Allen and Dan Martony on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting their release.
The 26-year-old Alsup played in the Seattle Mariners system last season, going 2-3 with a 8.74 ERA in 22 appearances at the Rookie, Single-A and Advanced-A levels. He made his pro debut with the Joliet Jackhammers in 2010, posting a 2.05 ERA and no record in 22 games out of the bullpen.
"We’ve been looking to upgrade the rookie spot in the bullpen since training camp and it’s hard to pass up on a guy like Wes," Forney said in a press release. "He throws firm in the low to mid 90s and we couldn’t pass up on his rookie classification."
In 2011, Alsup started the season in the Atlanta Braves system with Single-A Rome of the South Atlantic league before becoming the closer for Windy City of the Frontier league, earning eight saves.
Allen made two scoreless appearances for the Goldeyes this year while Martony didn’t see any game action.
"Chris is a great teammate and was off to a good start in two appearances," Forney said. "With our bullpen, we need to keep some rookies down there and Chris was left as the odd guy out."
The Goldeyes now have 23 players on their active roster, including 12 pitchers and 11 position players.
Winnipeg, off to a 3-0 start to the 2013 season, begins a three-game series on the road against the Amarillo Sox tonight at 7 p.m.