FARGO, N.D. 7-19-2010 – Before the start of their four-game series tonight against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, the Gary SouthShore RailCats have again undergone a quick roster makeover in response to yet another injury.
Infielder Jeff Beachum, who suffered a concussion and fractured the orbital bone in his left eye on a bad hop ground ball Sunday, has been placed on the disabled list, catchers John Parham and Yuki Matsumoto have been activated from the disabled and inactive lists, respectively, and infielder Brian Kolb has been traded to the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters for future considerations.
Beachum was trying to field a ground ball in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 5-4 win in Schaumburg when the ball hopped up and hit the second-year RailCat near his left eye. The blow left Beachum concussed, and further examination revealed the fracture. The Tennessean, who is hitting .267 with four home runs and 24 RBI in 49 games this year, is expected to miss up to two weeks.
Parham has been out since injuring his hamstring July 7 at U. S. Steel Yard against the RedHawks. The first-year pro is batting .250 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 32 games, and is in the starting lineup tonight with Willie Glen on the mound. Matsumoto, out since suffering a concussion in a violent collision at home plate June 27 in Fargo, is batting .184 in 17 games this year, his second tour with the RailCats.
Kolb, signed in early July, went 4-for-17 in five games with the RailCats, the first five of his professional career. One of the all-time leading hitters in Division III baseball history, Kolb played four seasons at Wheaton (Ill.) College, where he led the county in batting as a sophomore. Kolb is expected to report to Evansville today to begin his Frontier League career.
The RailCats (25-27) have won two straight games since an eight-game losing streak and will send Glen to the hill tonight at 7:02 p.m. against fellow Northern League All-Star Matt Mossey in the opener of a four-game series at Newman Outdoor Field. The game will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, and online at www.railcatsbaseball.com.