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Changes to BlueClaws pitching staff

July 22, 2004 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Jersey Shore BlueClaws News Release

LAKEWOOD – The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they have activated pitcher Joe Wilson from the disabled list and promoted infielder Nick Italiano to Clearwater of the Florida State League. The Phillies also announced the retirement of pitcher Victor Menocal, who will begin his coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Wilson was placed on the disabled list July 14 with soreness in his left pitching shoulder. The southpaw faced only three batters in his last start July 11 at Lexington and was removed as a precautionary measure. Wilson was also sidelined for 17 days due to shoulder soreness following a start on May 3 at Charleston (WV). He is 2-4 with a 3.32 earned run average in 15 starts.

Menocal had appeared in 30 games in relief for Lakewood, compiling a record of 1-3 and two saves. The right-hander had been trying to make the conversion to the mound after playing shortstop in college. Menocal will join the Georgia Tech staff as a volunteer assistant coach under head coach Danny Hall, for whom he played between 1999-2002.

“I will miss playing and I will definitely miss the guys on this team but this an offer that is just too good to pass up, “ said Menocal. ”I have always wanted to get into coaching and now Coach Hall will give me the opportunity to get that phase of my career started and I am really excited about it.”

Italiano was placed on the disabled list July 16 with a right turf toe injury. The second baseman batted .261 and drove in 10 runs in 34 games with the BlueClaws. Italiano played in seven games for the Threshers in April before joining the BlueClaws on May 7 and collected two hits in 18 at-bats.

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