RailRiders’ Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers involved in trade for Orioles closer Zach Britton

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starting pitcher Josh Rogers delivers a pitch against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at PNC Field in Moosic on Wednesday. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader -
RailRiders relief pitcher Cody Carroll, left, covers first base after RailRiders first baseman Ryan McBroom tosses the ball to get out Buffalo's Richard Urena. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader -

MOOSIC — The next time Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers are back at PNC Field, they’ll be in Norfolk Tides uniforms and in the visitor’s clubhouse.

The New York Yankees acquired closer Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for Rogers, Carroll and Double-A Trenton right-hander Dillon Tate Tuesday night. Both Rogers and Carroll were assinged to the Tides while Tate will head to Double-A Bowie.

“I’m excited. It’s an exciting time for me and my family,” Carroll said.

“I’m excited for the opportunity and obviously really love the Yankees organization and, everything, the chances they’ve given me,” Rogers added. “It’s just kind of a mixed-emotion feeling. I don’t know how to react.”

Rogers will never make last RailRiders start, which was set to be Wednesday against the Charlotte Knights.

He would have been the continuation of Tuesday’s suspended game. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third.

“It’s exciting, I guess, for a new opportunity if that’s the case,” Rogers said after Tuesday’s game prior to learning the deal had become official. “Just can’t say enough good things about the Yankees organization in general, from top to bottom — all the help, all the staff. The guys here have been great if it is true.”

The same sentiment is there for Carroll, too.

But he has a golden opportunity in front of him. The Orioles will likely need a bullpen arm to replace him and it could be Carroll. Not to mention he’s fresh off the Triple-A All-Star Game too.

Oh, and Tuesday was his wife’s birthday.

“It’s been wild,” Carroll said. “It’s funny because it’s my wife’s birthday today, too. She says, ‘Best birthday ever so far.’ So I’ll take that. But I’m just waiting to hear something, really.

“Just going to take it the same way I do here: One day at a time. If that day comes (and I make the majors), it comes.”

RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield is losing a roommate and probably his closest friend in the Yankees organization in Rogers. But he has been there before, being traded to the Yankees two years ago.

He also knows that like Carroll, Rogers has quite the opportunity in front of him, too. The Orioles don’t sport a starting pitcher, that has made at least five starts this season, with an ERA under 4.40. Andrew Cashner’s ERA is 4.40 on the nose.

Rogers was close to making his debut earlier this season for the Yankees. Now it could come against a division rival.

“I told Josh this, ‘It’s sick for him. This is a good thing,’” Sheffield said. “It’s a really good thing for him. I can just hope the best for him and I know that he’s going to go over there and do well and I know Cody’s going to do the same.”

At the end of the day, Mitchell understands that Baltimore is not only getting two quality pitching prospects in Carroll and Rogers, but they’re getting a couple of quality character guys, too.

“They’re great character guys for one — in a different way,” Mitchell said. “Cody’s kind of quiet, but really confident and really determined in a very quiet way. And then there’s Josh, who goofs around and has the same feelings. If they leave, we’ll miss them.”

Adams fans six

Chance Adams would have loved to kept pitching Tuesday night. If it wasn’t for the rain.

By the time the game was called, after a two-plus-hour rain delay, Adams had struck out six batters in just three innings, despite allowing a pair of runs. While his velocity isn’t where it was a times last season, the right-hander touched 94 mph on more than one occasion.

“Yeah, I felt good,” Adams said. “My velocity still isn’t close to where it used to be yet, but it’s getting better.”

Tuesday’s game will be picked up in the bottom of the third, with two outs, Billy McKinney at first base and Mike Ford at the plate, as part of a doubleheader against Charlotte. The suspended game will start at 5:05 p.m., with the nightcap to follow.

Erik Swanson will take over in the first game with Raynel Espinal to pitch the second.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starting pitcher Josh Rogers delivers a pitch against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at PNC Field in Moosic on Wednesday. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL062118RailRiders_1-2.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starting pitcher Josh Rogers delivers a pitch against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at PNC Field in Moosic on Wednesday. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader

RailRiders relief pitcher Cody Carroll, left, covers first base after RailRiders first baseman Ryan McBroom tosses the ball to get out Buffalo’s Richard Urena. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL050318RailRiders_4-3.jpgRailRiders relief pitcher Cody Carroll, left, covers first base after RailRiders first baseman Ryan McBroom tosses the ball to get out Buffalo’s Richard Urena. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader

By DJ Eberle

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