KANSAS CITY, KS – The Lincoln Saltdogs announced today that the team activated right-handed pitcher Robby Rowland from the Inactive List. Rowland was placed on the IL after being hit in the head by a line drive during a May 26th game against the Cleburne Railroaders at Haymarket Park. The Saltdogs released infielder Creighton Wilke.
Rowland is expected to make his first start since the May 26th game tonight at Kansas City.
The right-hander was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched prior to the injury. He earned the win in the Saltdogs third game of the season which was also against Kansas City. He lasted five innings and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out five batters.
Rowland signed with the Saltdogs on May 11, 2017 after spending seven seasons in affiliated baseball. The Cloverdale, California native pitched for the Arizona, Pittsburgh and St. Louis organizations and reached as high as Double-A with the Cardinals. Most recently, Rowland pitched for Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League. He excelled, recording a 4-0 record and 2.12 ERA in 14 appearances. He was a third round pick (88th overall) in the 2010 draft out of Cloverdale High School.
Wilke, a Lincoln East alum, played in four games for the Saltdogs. He was 2-10 with a double and an RBI while playing first base.
The Saltdogs and T-Bones play game two of a three-game set tonight in Kansas City. First pitch is at 7:05 PM with coverage beginning at 6:35 PM on ESPN 1480 and saltdogs.com.
The Saltdogs return home on Friday to face the Wichita Wingnuts. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (402) 474-2255 or visiting Saltdogs.com. For the latest information on the Saltdogs follow the team on Facebook and Twitter/Instagram @saltdogsball.