With June completed, this is how the Aeros broke down in the first three months of the season:
They are currently 7-4 in the month of July.
Juan Diaz leads the team in games started, having started 83 games, with 80 of them coming at shortstop.
Who will the Aeros oust out of the rotation to make room for Drew Pomeranz? Will they be ousting someone or will there be a promotion? Keep note that Scott Barnes in Columbus just went down with an injury and Jeanmar Gomez could be headed to Cleveland as a replacement to Mitch Talbot, a spot-starter for Fausto Carmona as he may not be quite ready, or a spot-starter for the upcoming double-header.
So there may be a need in Columbus for some starting pitching. No one in the Aeros' rotation is really in-line for such a call and pushing someone like De La Cruz may impact his development. They could end up giving Espino a much-deserved promotion to fill the gap and move someone in the rotation to the pen, or alternate starts.
John Drennen Returns From Suspension
As expected, John Drennen returned from his 50-game suspension this weekend after testing positive for a banned substance under baseball's drug policy a few months ago. Suspension aside, I'm sure the Aeros are glad to have him back on the field and to have his bat back in the offense.
Drennen has played in three games since his return, but is still searching for his first hit. He's gone 0-for-10 with a run scored, two walks, and three strikeouts.
It may take some time for Drennen to find his timing and get his swing ironed out. He missed nearly two months of action and wasn't allowed to play any form of organized baseball, so he surely has some rust from the layoff.
To make room for Drennen on the active roster, Kyle Bellows was placed on the disabled list. The third baseman suffered a strain to his right hamstring. He had been hitting .209 with a home run and 25 RBI.
Austin Adams, Juan Diaz, and catcher Chun Chen will all be joined by another Aeros' All-Star. A wrong was righted this past week when Cory Burns was added to the Eastern League's Western squad, and rightfully so. The Western pitching staff suffered several losses, including Harrisburg's Brad Peacock and Richmond's Erik Surkamp.
Burns has now made an All-Star game three year's running, having been selected to the Carolina League and New York-Penn League All-Star teams the past two seasons. He just notched his Eastern League-leading 25th save on Monday. Burns also leads the Eastern League in games appeared in and among all relievers with at least 25 appearances, he ranks third win WHIP.