Sunday, July 07, 2013

Riefenhauser going to Futures Game

Former Biscuits reliever C.J. Riefenhauser is also headed to the All-Star Futures Game.

Riefenhauser, promoted recently to Triple-A Durham, confirmed Sunday that he's also headed to next weekend's game, which will be played in his home state. The New York Mets are hosting.

"It's awesome," Riefenhauser said. "My family will be there and will get to see me play. I'm truly blessed and happy to be named to the Futures Game."

Riefenhauser, a 20th-round draft pick by the Rays in 2010, is having a career year.

The left-hander was 4-0 with 11 saves and an 0.51 ERA in 34 games with the Biscuits before a late-June promotion. He's made two appearances with the Bulls and has given up one run on one hit in 3 1/3 innings.

Riefenhauser will play for the U.S. team, which means he'll have friends in the opposing dugout. Durham manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Neil Allen and Biscuits pitcher Enny Romero will suit up for the World.

"I'll be all by myself," Riefenhauser said.

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