Sunday, June 03, 2007

Passport promotion

The Biscuits deactivated pitcher Jeremy Flanagan today to bring center fielder Fernando Perez off the disabled list, but that's only the beginning of this saga.

Flanagan was scheduled to move up to Class AAA Durham, which is short a pitcher after Friday's major-league transactions while Jae Seo goes through waivers. Durham opens a series at Ottawa on Tuesday.

At Ottawa is the key because Flanagan doesn't have a passport.

Current rules require a passport if flying between the United States and Canada. If you're driving (or walking, I guess), a birth certificate and photo ID meet the standard.

So, Flanagan can't go. Richard De Los Santos, who has a passport because he's from the Dominican Republic, is available today but will head to Durham on Monday for the trip. The Biscuits have reactivated Flanagan and pushed starter Mike Prochaska off the active roster. Prochaska will still make his scheduled start Wednesday.

Sunday's lineups ...
Fernando Perez, cf
Reid Brignac, ss
Evan Longoria, 3b
John Jaso, c
Jason Pridie, lf
Gabriel Martinez, 1b
Shaun Cumberland, rf
Patrick Breen, dh
Brooks Badeaux, 2b
Chris Mason, rhp

Jose Campusano, lf
Eric Riggs, dh
Chase Lambin, ss
Lee Mitchell, 3b
Grant Psomas, 1b
Johnny Raburn, 2b
Ryan Bear, rf
Jai Miller, cf
John Purdom, c
Jesus Silva, rhp

A side note for any Reds fans out there: prized prospect Homer Bailey will make his major-league debut Saturday. Hopefully that means a rewrite to a poem I wrote in the spring about Cincinnati's rotation ...
Arroyo, Harang, and feel the pain

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