News and notes
Three players with Arkansas ties participated in their league’s All-Star games over the past week. Dominic Ficociello (AA Tigers/Razorbacks) was an injury replacement for the Western Division team at the Eastern League AllStar Game in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday. Ficociello, who replaced teammate Mike Gerber after he was placed on the disabled list June 28, started at first base and batted second, going 0 for 2 as the Western Division lost to the Eastern Division 7-1. He has been hot offensively as of late, going 15 for 40 (.375) with 3 home runs, 11 runs scored and 14 RBI in his past 10 games. Ficociello went 3 for 4, including a 2-run home run in the third inning, for the Erie SeaWolves on Thursday in a 9-4 victory over the Akron Rubber Ducks (AA Indians).
Outfielder Aharon Eggleston (independent/ Southern Arkansas) was one of eight Somerset Patriots to play in the independent Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday in Bridgewater, N.J. Eggleston went 0 for 1 as the Liberty Division lost to the Freedom Division 10-3. He had been limping into the All-Star break, going 4 for 26 (.154) with 7 runs scored, 1 RBI and 7 walks over his past 10 games.
Outfielder David Harris (independent/Southern Arkansas), playing in his first season for the Schaumburg Boomers, went 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts Wednesday for the East Division in a 4-1 victory over the West Division at the Frontier League All-Star Game in Joliet, Ill. Harris, who was suspended for 76 games last season for performance-enhancing drug use while playing for the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays, is hitting .349 with 9 home runs and 43 RBI in 40 games this season for the Boomers.
Left fielder Ryan Scott (UALR/North Little Rock) was placed on the disabled list by the Greenville Drive (A Red Sox) on Wednesday. Scott was hit in the head with a pitch Monday in Greenville’s 8-7 victory over the Lexington Legends (A Royals). He finished the game going 1 for 2 with 1 run scored. Team officials said the significance of Scott’s injury was not known and no timetable had been given for his return.