Never a dull day at the ol’ ballyard in Somerset.
With the trade deadline looming, prized infield prospect Oswald Peraza was a surprise late scratch from the lineup just prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Altoona Curve, which set social media ablaze with rampant speculation that a deal might be imminent.
As it turns out, Peraza experienced a personal matter within his immediate family — I’ve confirmed this is true, should it matter — and him getting pulled from the lineup had nothing do with a trade, a call-up, an injury, any sort of disciplinary action or any other things you might be able to dream up this time of year.
“Personal reasons, that’s all I can give you,” Somerset manager Julio Mosquera said. “He’s healthy, he’s fine…it’s just personal reasons, family related.”
Mosquera said he anticipates Peraza being back in the lineup when the team plays in Reading starting Tuesday.
That all brings us to the Patriots *other* top prospect, Luis Medina, whose unexpected move back a few days in the rotation that was revealed earlier this week set off a similar frenzy of unsubstantiated nonsense that ultimately and obviously amounted to nothing.
Medina finally took the ball on Sunday and spun 5 2/3 scoreless frames in a 7-0 win against Altoona, allowing four hits and four walks while recording six strikeouts along the way.
“I’m just trying to make adjustments every time I go out there,” Medina said through interpreter/manager Mosquera. “Every time I get a chance to go on the mound, I’m going to do the best I can to make adjustments all the time and give the best I have every time out there.”