Timlin Joins Sky Sox

August 5, 2009 | 11:39 pm | 4  

Veteran reliever Mike Timlin joined Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday after beginning his attempted comeback with two scoreless one-inning appearances with Rookie Casper on Sunday and last Friday.

Timlin, 43, was scheduled to work one inning Wednesday, but the Colorado Springs-Nashville game was suspended by rain in the bottom of the second inning. He went 4-4 with a 5.66 ERA last year in 47 games for the Red Sox. No team invited Timlin to spring training this year, so he stayed home in Castle Rock with his wife and two children. Timlin began playing catch with Mike Myers, a former Boston teammate and his neighbor in Castle Rock who arranged for Timlin to throw for the Rockies.

Because the Sky Sox were on a road trip from July 28 through Tuesday, Timlin went to Casper, which was home, to make his initial 2009 appearances.

In addition to Timlin, the Sky Sox also added outfielder-first baseman Paul McAnulty and left-hander Kurt Birkins to their roster. Reliever Ryan Speier (lower back), infielder Mark Bellhorn (shin) and catcher Sal Fasano (ankle) were placed on the disabled list.

Birkins made two starts for Double-A Tulsa after being on the Sky Sox’s disabled list with a groin strain.

The left-handed hitting McAnulty, 28, played parts of past four seasons with the Padres. After hitting .207 with three homers and 13 RBI in 66 games for San Diego in 2008, McAnulty became a free agent and signed with the Red Sox.

He hit .233 in 90 games for Triple-A Pawtucket but led the team in home runs (11) and RBI (48). After the Red Sox released McAnulty on July 24, he joined the Sky Sox in Fresno and worked out with them on the road trip that concluded Tuesday night in Reno before being activated Wednesday.


  • Jeff | August 5, 2009 | 11:52 pm

    McAnulty has always been a professional power hitter, even if the average isn’t that great. Question is, can his defense be servicable? I don’t know whether the park in the Springs is as big as Coors, so that may not be the best test.

  • Julian | August 6, 2009 | 10:32 am

    I thought that the Sky Sox already had a full complement of capable outfielders, including some (Murton and Miller) who are probably ready to be on a major league roster. But, I guess there’s no harm in adding another.

  • Jack Etkin | August 6, 2009 | 11:03 am

    The Sky Sox don’t have a lot of power and in particular left-handed hitting power. The only player on the team to reach double digits in homers is Carlos Gonzalez with 10, and, of course, he hasn’t played there since early June.
    Matt Murton and Mark Bellhorn each have nine homers and Christian Colonel and Matt Miller have seven apiece. All are right-handed hitters.

  • Zack | August 7, 2009 | 8:43 am

    With Fasano going down, any chance McKenry gets a look in AAA this year? I noticed his bat has been starting to heat up.