EVERETT — Everett AquaSox catcher Jason Goldstein returned to the lineup Monday for the first time since tweaking his knee at Spokane on July 30. Though he went 0-for-2 while playing the first five innings at catcher, Goldstein said he did not feel overmatched at the plate.
“Usually when you come back after a few weeks the fastball is going to be a little bit quicker, but I felt pretty comfortable back there,” said Goldstein, the Seattle Mariners’ ninth-round pick in this year’s draft out of the University of Illinois. “It was nice getting back and being healthy for the first time in a while.”
Goldstein has had an injury-filled year. He injured his hamstring at Illinois in March, took a week off and played through the injury for the remainder of the college season. However, the injury caused him to fail his physical after the draft, so he went to Arizona to rehab the injury.
“Coming back from that my first 10 or 15 at-bats were kind of a little bit of shell shock,” he said. “But (Monday) it felt fine and I’m happy that it wasn’t too crazy out there.”
Goldstein was not in the lineup Tuesday, but is scheduled to play nine innings Wednesday.
Cishek to make another start Wednesday
Seattle Mariners reliever Steve Cishek will make another rehab start Wednesday in the final game of the Salem-Keizer series. Cishek struck out the side though he was saddled with the loss in Monday’s 7-0 Volcanoes victory.
“It’s cool being able to sit back there and see, in his case, what closer stuff does and plays like in the major leagues,” said Goldstein, who had the opportunity to catch Cishek on Monday. “He was really good last night and unfortunately we couldn’t make a play behind him. But it was a lot of fun.”
Cishek threw 14 of his 17 pitches for strikes. He was on the verge of working around a leadoff walk, but Gio Brusa’s two-out bloop double dropped between three Everett players and scored Manuel Geraldo.
“I thought he threw really well and really commanded the slider down in the zone,” Everett manager Rob Mummau said. “That’s why he’s a major-leaguer and a really good major-leaguer because he can command that long slider.”
Newsome feted by league
Everett starter Ljay Newsome was named the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced Monday.
Newsome threw 6 2/3 innings of two-hit, one-run ball while striking out six and did not walk a batter in Everett’s 7-2 win over the Volcanoes last Friday.
“No, I wasn’t (expecting it). I just always go out there and compete and do my best,” Newsome said. “I had a good pace, hitting spots and stuff, commanding my fastball and attacking them.”
The 19-year-old right-hander from Maryland is 5-2 with a 3.89 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, 40 strikeouts and six walks in 44 innings. He was named a NWL All-Star earlier this season.
Guerrini to Bakersfield
Catcher Ray Guerrini was promoted to the Class A Advanced Bakersfield Blaze following Monday’s game. In 22 games with Everett and Arizona Guerrini was hitting .235/.361/.294 with a home run and five RBI in 51 at-bats.
That leaves the AquaSox with catchers Goldstein, Yojhan Quevedo and Nick Thurman on the current roster.
Herald holds Bark in the Park
The Daily Herald co-sponsored “Bark in the Park Night” Tuesday at Everett Memorial Stadium. Fans were invited to bring their dogs to the game and the canines walked around the bases at the game’s conclusion
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