Robbie Grossman will DH for Red Wings in final two games

Robbie Grossman went on the disabled list with a fractured left thumb. He suffered the injury in an Aug. 17 game when he collided with Byron Buxton while chasing a fly ball and jammed his thumb on Buxton’s forearm. (Photo: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

By Kevin Oklobzija

The Rochester Red Wings lineup has been depleted by recalls but they’ll actually be getting hitting help for the final two regular season games.

Robbie Grossman will join the Red Wings on a major league rehabilitation assignment and he’ll be the designated hitter for Sunday’s 6:05 p.m. game against the Pawtucket as well as the 1:35 p.m. regular-season finale on Monday.

“We hope he’s real healthy,” said Wings manager Mike Quade, whose club still has a magic number of two to clinch a playoff spot after Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Pawtucket. Lehigh Valley was rained out and will play a doubleheader with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starting at 5:35 p.m. Sunday.

His arrival comes when the Wings desperately could use an offensive spark as they continue to try to nail down the International League’s International League wild-card berth. Zack Granite, Mitch Garver and Kennys Vargas are all with the Twins and Tommy Field has been playing with a tender hand.

Grossman went on the disabled list with a fractured left thumb. He suffered the injury in an Aug. 17 game when he collided with Byron Buxton while chasing a fly ball and jammed his thumb on Buxton’s forearm.

The 27-year-old outfielder was hitting .243 with a stellar .367 on-base percentage for the Twins. He has some pop in his bat (seven home runs in 380 plate appearances) but more importantly is extremely patient at the plate; his 60 walks in 98 games are proof of that.

The Wings’ starting pitchers the next two games, Hector Santiago and Adalberto Mejia, also are on MLB rehab assignments. Each is limited to five innings or 75 pitches, whichever comes first.

2 Responses to "Robbie Grossman will DH for Red Wings in final two games"

  1. ted   September 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Kevin—long time Amerks and Wings fan…I have spoken with you about the Amerks in the past. I am eternally grateful for your coverage here of the Wings. I didn’t think there was anyone locally who was doing this anymore since our esteemed D&C has decided that all its readership only requires high school sports. I could elaborate on how ridiculous that is but it can wait. Ignoring our pro teams is a complete travesty.
    I write game summaries and analysis…mostly as a catharsis….for scout.com Twins. I watch, listen or attend all Wings games and try to keep a pulse on things…but its hard. Even the Wings website is mostly useless when it comes to accurate uptodate goings on .
    Keep up the good work. It is greatly appreciated.
    Ted
    tedpc@frontiernet.net

  2. Kevin Oklobzija   September 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks, Ted! Good to hear from you again. I obviously don’t agree with a publication dedication every ounce of manpower energy to the Bills and high schools, but people within GCI believe that will pave a path to sustainability. Who knows, they might be right. For the sake of everyone, I hope they are.
    That said, in ignoring day-to-day beat coverage of the Amerks and Red Wings, they are telling everyone that those teams don’t matter. So when a feature story or column on the Wings or Amerks does appear, why would readers care? After all, the readers been told those teams don’t matter.
    As for the old-style coverage of our local teams, there may be a couple things in the works, including on PickinSplinters.com, for the Amerks and RIT hockey.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.