Saturday, April 06, 2013

Sandoval, with appearance, is 2nd-oldest Biscuit

Relief pitcher Juan Sandoval, with Saturday's appearance vs. Birmingham, is the second-oldest player in Biscuits history.

Today, Sandoval is 32 years, 2 months, 25 days old, older than all but pitcher Todd Ritchie. Ritchie was 32 years, 6 months, 28 days when he made his second of two starts for Montgomery on June 4, 2004.

Sandoval did eclipse former major leaguers Ryan Garko and Michael Coleman.

Garko was 31 years, 8 months, 7 days old for Montgomery's final playoff game last season. Coleman was 31 years, 30 days when the Biscuits celebrated their 2006 Southern League championship. He was the championship series' most valuable player.

Ritchie was not a rehab assignment, though he was trying to return to the major leagues. He was promoted from low-A Charleston to Montgomery on May 29 and on to Durham on June 4.

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