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TinCaps Notebook: Richardson gets more mound work

FORT WAYNE – Ronnie Richardson iced his shoulder after throwing 20 pitches in the ninth inning and flexed a sore back that was hit square by a fastball leading off the third.

It was that kind of day for the 5-foot-6 outfielder, who stole second and eventually scored after that hit by pitch.

Richardson isn’t sure how he became the position player asked to pitch in unique circumstances, but TinCaps manager Michael Collins certainly would rather not see it happen.

Richardson finished Saturday’s 16-2 blowout loss to South Bend in his third appearance on the mound this season.

“I’m sure in that moment he enjoyed throwing,” Collins said. “That’s a little bit of fun for him. It’s definitely not from a team standpoint something you want to do.”

ROTATION ADJUSTMENT: The TinCaps have not announced a starter for Tuesday’s game at Lansing. Pete Kelich, originally scheduled, is on the disabled list with a forearm strain.

“It’s still somewhat up in the air,” Collins said. “We’ve got a couple guys we’re probably going to try to save with (Kyle) Loyd and (Justin) Livengood. They threw multiple innings with a couple days rest. It could be a situation where guys like that may be those two guys and try to get as far as we can with them.”

SMITH IN TWO-HOLE: Mallex Smith hit second in the order for a second consecutive day after batting there just once since the start of last season.

“We’ll see how it works out,” Collins said. “We’re trying to find that comfortable balance for everyone. A guy like Mallex can handle the bat. I like him behind Ronnie, whether Ronnie’s nine or one. We’ll see over the next week.”