RiverHawks make deadline moves
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August 18, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks acquired a pitcher and activated another before Monday night’s roster deadline.

The RiverHawks picked up right-hander Mikael Ryder from Chico of the independent Golden League in exchange for a player to be named later. They activated lefty Matt Enderle from the 14-day disabled list.

Ryder, a rookie, had a 5-1 record and a 3.27 earned-run average in 20 games, six as a starter, with the Heat. Ryder struck out 60 and walked seven in 77 innings.

The RiverHawks sent infielder Javier Brown and lefty reliever George Rasiarmos to the DL. Brown, acquired earlier this month in a trade with Evansville, has a clavical injury. Rasiarmos has left forearm tendonitis.

The RiverHawks released pitchers Tanner Watson and John Muller, first baseman Todd Martin and outfielder Brandon Romans from the DL. Watson, Muller and Martin were due to become free agents at the end of the season. Watson and Muller were all-stars this season. Watson, a 27-game winner in portions of four Frontier League seasons, the best in team history and the Frontier League’s active leader, has a partial tear in his rotator cuff. Muller had shoulder nerve impingement, then was hospitalized because of a blood infection. Martin has a partially torn ligament in his right wrist. Romans has a strained calf muscle.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.


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