RiverHawks sign Dulkowski, activate Burrows
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June 3, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – One of the key members of the Rockford RiverHawks’ dominating 2004 bullpen has returned.

Pitcher Marc Dulkowski’s three-year retirement officially ended Tuesday when the RiverHawks announced that they had signed the right-hander, a member of the Frontier League championship team of four years ago. In addition, the RiverHawks activated outfielder Greg Burrows from the 14-day disabled list. The RiverHawks released backup infielders Ryan McArdle and Jeff Thamann.

Dulkowski, 26, 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. That year, the RiverHawks were 45-0 when they led after eight innings.

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, who has Rookie-2 status in the Frontier League, 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.

Burrows, who also has Rookie-2 status, opened the season on the DL because of a hamstring strain.

Last season, Burrows appeared in just 14 games with St. George of the independent Golden League, but hit .305 with a home run and 14 RBI in his first professional experience. He was 5-for-5 in stolen-base attempts. In 2006, his last season at Division II Nova Southeastern University, Burrows’ 33 steals led the Sunshine State Conference. He hit .293 with eight homers and 32 RBI that spring.

McArdle, who joined Rockford late last year, was 0-for-10 with two RBI. Thamann was 0-for-8.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and 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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