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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 29, 2017 11:10 pm

Notebook: Reinforcements near for TinCaps

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The scuffling TinCaps are hopeful their lineup will be back to full strength at some point in the near future.

After splitting Saturday's doubleheader with South Bend at Parkview Field, manager Anthony Contreras provided encouraging updates on Jorge Oña, Hudson Potts and Buddy Reed, all of whom missed the twin bill.

Oña, the Cuban slugger who is batting .305 with one home run and eight runs batted in, has been on the disabled list the past week because of what the TinCaps referred to as a mild quadriceps strain. Oña is now eligible to come off the DL, and Contreras referred to his status as day-to-day.

Potts, the starting third baseman, was removed from Thursday night's loss to South Bend because he began to feel the effects of being hit by a pitch in the second inning.

"Got hit in the forearm or wrist area, and once the pain allows him to do stuff, he'll be back," Contreras said.

Reed remains plagued by a chronic back issue. The 22-year-old center fielder has missed three straight games, and Contreras said Reed is "fighting" the injury, but Contreras also said Reed is day-to-day.

The switch-hitting Reed is receiving treatment and took some right-handed swings Saturday.

"Said he felt OK," Contreras said. "We're just being precautionary."

In the Nick of time: Reliever Nick Monroe earned his first victory of the season Saturday in the first game and credited his success over 2 1/3 shutout innings to a determination to throw strikes.

"Coming and trying to attack and put the hitters on their heels and really do what I do," Monroe said.

What was encouraging was that Contreras felt Monroe "had to really work to get through it." The bearded righty allowed three baserunners.

"That wasn't the best that we've seen," Contreras said. "He gave those guys a little bit of a tough time trying to get the barrel on the ball. It was good to see a guy we needed to get length from give us that length."

Ticket offer: The TinCaps announced that any fans who held tickets for Saturday, whether they attended the doubleheader or not, will be permitted to exchange them for any remaining regular-season game, subject to availability and with the exception of nights with a postgame fireworks show.