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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:50 pm

Notebook: Thompson nearing a return

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Mason Thompson hasn't pitched since June 7, but the TinCaps are optimistic he'll be back in their rotation within a week.

The 19-year-old right-hander, whose turn has already been skipped twice, will miss Thursday's start against South Bend, Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras confirmed. Will Stillman will go in Thompson's place.

The reason Thompson, rated the 21st-best prospect in the San Diego Padres' farm system, was initially shut down was tendonitis in his biceps. Contreras said Thompson is now "good to go" but needs to build himself back up.

"He's healthy," Contreras said. "All these young kids, we have to protect them. If they feel something, we've got to take precaution on it, and he had a little biceps tendonitis, but that went away really easily."

Thompson threw live batting practice Tuesday.

"We've got to do some strengthening and take precaution and have him skip a start," Contreras said. "We have guys that can fill in. Hopefully within the next week or so he'll be ready to go again."

Thompson began the year in extended spring training and didn't join low-A Fort Wayne until late May. He is 1-2 in three starts and has been charged with eight earned runs in 13 innings.

TBA: The TinCaps do not yet have a starter listed for Saturday's game at Dayton. That would have been Logan Allen's day to pitch had he not been promoted Tuesday to high-A Lake Elsinore.

Keeping pace: The TinCaps remain on track for a record season in home attendance. The cumulative attendance of 197,723 set a franchise mark for the most ever in the first 37 games of a season. Wednesday night's 7-2 victory drew a paid crowd of 4,301.