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After pitching the PawSox to their first Governors’ Cup championship in nearly three decades, Nelson Figueroa has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Figueroa, 38, has nine years of Major League experience and previously pitched for Arizona as a rookie in 2000. Signed as a minor league free agent by Boston in late July after being released by the Yankees, the right-hander was the most dominating pitcher in the International League during the playoffs by going 2-0, 1.29 ERA with one walk and 13 strikeouts over 14.0 innings pitched.
Figueroa earned the win in the PawSox championship-clinching victory in Charlotte and was also the winning pitcher when Pawtucket topped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a wild card berth and later the semi-finals win.
Ironically, the veteran will likely start the season with Triple-A Reno — the club he allowed six runs to over a season-low two innings in the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game in Durham, NC.
All the best to Nelson. He’s a class act and is a valuable addition to any organization. He might also be one of the most well-spoken athletes I’ve ever been around.
It’s not every day that the PawSox bring home the coveted Governors’ Cup trophy. After all, the last time it called McCoy Stadium home was in 1984. With that in mind, the PawSox are determined to make sure as many fans as possible throughout Southern New England have a chance to see the trophy before Opening Day 2013.
Blue = Rhode Island towns
Red = Massachusetts towns
Green = Upcoming tour stops
Our goal is to take the trophy to all 39 towns in Rhode Island and as many throughout Massachusetts as possible. Each time we book a new location to display the trophy, another “pin” will appear on the map.
By clicking on any individual pin you can learn more about the event where the Cup will appear, and after the event is over, see a picture of the Cup at that particular location.
If you would like the Cup to appear at an upcoming town or civic event in your area, please email me!
Friday night was a complete heartbreaker. With the PawSox one out away from a trip to the Governors’ Cup finals, Yankees’ center fielder Melky Mesa belted a 2-0 Pedro Beato pitch over the left field fence for a two-run homer, and a 4-3 walkoff win.
With Pawtucket’s second chance tonight to take the series, here is a post-season edition of the PawSox Notebook:
- Manager Arnie Beyeler said earlier today that closer Josh Fields (groin) will not be available Saturday night — or the rest of this series. The injury came on his final warmup pitch in the bullpen before pitching in the regular season finale at McCoy on Monday.
- In the first three games of the playoffs, outfielder Bryce Brentz is batting .364 (4-for-11) with an extra-base hit in each game (two homers, one double). He leads the club with five post-season runs batted in.
- Entering Friday night’s loss, the PawSox bullpen had worked eight scoreless innings over the first two games of the playoffs and was 2-for-2 in save situations. Saturday it allowed all four Yankees’ runs over 2 1/3 innings and blew the save.
- Saturday’s PawSox starter, 38-year-old Nelson Figueroa, will be facing his former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre teammates for the fourth time this year. The last time he faced the Yankees was in his last start of the regular season when he tossed eight scoreless innings for the win.
- Figueroa will be opposed by 25-year-old lefty Vidal Nuno making his Triple-A debut. With a name like Vidal Nuno, I’m sure you’re not at all surprised to learn that he was born in Baldwin City, Kansas. Of course he was. Described to me as the Yankees’ version of Chris Hernandez, Nuno went 9-5, 2.45 ERA in 20 starts with Double-A Trenton. His walk-to-strikeout ratio of 27/100 is as impressive as his ERA. In three starts against Double-A Portland, Nuno went 1-0, 2.60 ERA (5 ER/17.1 IP) and allowed two homers.
A win tonight, and the PawSox would return to the finals for the first time since 2003 when they were swept by the Durham Bulls. Hope you can join us tonight along the PawSox Radio network, or by listening live online.
As the PawSox kick off a four-game, two-city road trip to Rochester and Lehigh Valley, the following roster moves have been announced:
- Daisuke Matsuzaka has been received on Major Rehab rehab assignment and will start tonight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list on July 3 with strain in right trapezius muscle (stretches from neck to shoulder) and last pitched with the Red Sox on July 2 at Oakland where he started and went just one inning.
- 38-year-old Nelson Figueroa has been activated from the temporary inactive list and will pitch tonight following Dice-K. Signed by the Red Sox last Tuesday after being released by the Yankees, Figueroa made his PawSox debut on July 25 at Indianapolis where he tossed five innings for the win, allowing two runs on five hits.
- Catcher Matt Spring has been assigned back to Portland. The former Rays’ farmhand was received by Pawtucket when catcher Mike Rivera was hit on the wrist by a fastball in Indianapolis while batting. Spring appeared in one game and finished 1-for-4 with a single, three strikeouts, and a stolen base.
The big PawSox news of the day revolves around right-handers Brandon Duckworth and Doug Mathis officially signing with Japan. However, the PawSox also have the two following moves just announced before tonight’s game in Indianapolis:
- Righty Nelson Figueroa has been placed on the Temporary Inactive List. (This happens when a player needs to tend to a personal matter but won’t miss enough time to go on the disabled list.)
- Catcher Matt Spring has been assigned to the PawSox from Double-A Portland. Spring, 27, has hit .212 with seven home runs and 18 runs batted in over 49 games with the Sea Dogs this year. The former Tampa Bay farmhand was called-up to Pawtucket earlier in the season and made one start behind home plate before returning to Portland.
The PawSox have the following roster moves for Tuesday, July 24:
- Brandon Duckworth has been placed on the temporary inactive list (retroactive to July 21)
- Will Inman has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to July 21) with a right forearm strain.
- Nelson Figueroa has been signed as a free agent after being released by the Yankees. Learn more about the nine-year Major League veteran and his Massachusetts roots by clicking here.
He has pitched with the Mets, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, and Astros over nine Major League seasons, and now Nelson Figueroa adds the Pawtucket Red Sox to the list.
As former PawSox outfielder Darnell McDonald cleared waivers and was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s roster, the Yankees released the 38-year-old Figueroa who, shortly there after, was scooped up by the Red Sox.
In his first year in the Yankees’ system, Figueroa bounced between the rotation and the bullpen (17 appearances, 9 starts) for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and overall pitched well, going 7-2 with a 3.96 ERA while walking 25 and striking out 36.
Interestingly enough, his poorest start of the year came against the PawSox in Batavia, Ny. where he gave up a home run to Che-Hsuan Lin. He suffered the loss, lasting just 3 2/3 innings and allowed eight runs on eight hits.
Born in Brooklyn, the 6-foot-1 right-hander actually has local roots about 45 miles north of McCoy Stadium. He pitched for Brandeis University in Waltham, Ma. and is the first player in the school’s history to ever have his number retired.