New starters for struggling Express
When the Round Rock Express return to Dell Diamond on Tuesday night, the club will have three new starters as compared to its season-opening lineup on April 5.
Injuries in Arlington forced the Texas Rangers to bring up first baseman Ronald Guzman and versatile infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa for their major-league debuts. Veteran major-league third baseman Trevor Plouffe, meanwhile, was granted his release to search for a clearer path back to the big leagues.
The Rangers signed first baseman Tommy Joseph to a minor-league deal, and he’s filling Guzman’s spot. The 26-year-old Joseph hit 21 and 22 home runs in each of the past two season with the Phillies.
Nick Noonan, another minor-league signee who played for the Giants and Padres in recent years, has taken over at third.
Joseph homered Monday, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Round Rock lost 7-2 at Colorado Springs.
Brewers prospect Brett Phillips, an outfielder, doubled and tripled to pace the Sky Sox offense, and Brandon Woodruff, considered the best young pitcher in the Milwaukee system, shut down the Express over 5 2/3 innings.
Hanser Alberto singled three times for Round Rock (3-9).