Dulkowski returns from retirement
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May 3, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – One of the key members of the Rockford RiverHawks’ 2004 Frontier League championship team has returned.

The RiverHawks announced Saturday that pitcher Marc Dulkowski has ended his three-year retirement and will report to Road Ranger Stadium for spring training next week. Dulkowski, who turns 26 on May 28, retired prior to the 2005 season because of a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder. The right-hander had surgery to repair the tear in August 2006.

In 2004, Dulkowski was the primary eighth-inning setup man for closer Josh Latimer. Dulkowski was 2-3 with a save and a 4.61 earned-run average in 29 appearances.

The Tinley Park resident was San Diego’s 34th-round pick in the 2000 draft. He made his pro debut with Peoria of the rookie-level Arizona League that summer and played for the Padres until he was released from Ft. Wayne of the low Class A Midwest League in 2003. He finished the 2003 season in Rockford, where he was 2-3 with two saves and a 6.16 ERA.

Dulkowski is the only player on the current roster who was on the 2004 team. Aaron McEachran, the first baseman that season, is now a member of the coaching staff.

Opening Night is at 7:05 p.m. May 21, when the RiverHawks host River City at Road Ranger Stadium. The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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