Four left in spring camps
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March 24, 2009 - Four former Rockford RiverHawks are left in major-league organizations' spring-training camps after the releases this week of Olmo Rosario and Christian Rosa.

If you're touring spring camps in Arizona, keep an eye out for four pitchers who played in Rockford. In Phoenix, left-hander Justin Dowdy (above) is in Oakland's camp; southpaw Derrick Ellison and right-hander Reed Dickert are with Milwaukee's minor-leaguers in Maryvale. Lefty Taylor Sinclair is with the Arizona Diamondbacks' farmhands in Tucson. In addition, former second baseman and infield coach Jake Ciarrachi is in Mesa with the Chicago Cubs' scouting and player-development staff.

Rosario, who played shortstop for the RiverHawks in 2004-05 and was the 2004 Frontier League Finals Most Valuable Player, was released by the San Francisco Giants on Monday. He had been with their Class AAA Fresno affiliate. Last year, Rosario was an Eastern League All-Star with the Giants' Class AA Connecticut farm club.

Rosa, a catcher, was signed by St, Louis last June and spent the rest of the year at short-season Class A Batavia. The Cardinals cut him Tuesday.

Dowdy finished last year closer to the major leagues than any other former RiverHawk. At the end of August, the A's promoted him from Class AA Midland to Class AAA Sacramento, which won the Pacific Coast League pennant and the Triple-A championship game.


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