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Sunday, July 30, 2017 12:00 am

Notebook: Thompson sent to San Diego for examination

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

When the TinCaps beat Dayton 3-2 on Saturday night, Mason Thompson was not at Parkview Field to witness the victory.

That's because Fort Wayne's talented starting pitcher, ranked the San Diego Padres' No. 21 prospect, was in San Diego for a scheduled examination by the Padres' medical staff.

Thompson was placed on the disabled list Friday, and TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras revealed the reason Saturday. Earlier this year, Thompson felt discomfort in his biceps muscle and missed three turns, and now he's had a recurrence.

"Yeah, he felt it again in the same spot," Contreras said. "Obviously, they're going to be precautionary with it. I haven't heard any updates on what they found. I know his appointment was today."

Thompson is 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA in seven starts.

Old memories: The Cincinnati Reds' Anthony DeSclafani pitched at Parkview Field when he was a minor leaguer. On Saturday night, the big leaguer was back as part of a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment. He threw four scoreless innings for Dayton, the Reds' low-A affiliate, and appreciated having a rehab start in downtown Fort Wayne.

"I was with the Lansing Lugnuts all of 2012, so I've been around the Midwest League," DeSclafani said. "This is a beautiful ballpark. I was pretty happy to come pitch here. They take care of the field really good, and it's good fans and stuff like that."

Sharp debut: Adrian Morejon said his curveball and changeup "felt great," but the TinCaps' 18-year-old left-hander insisted the best pitch in his team debut Saturday was the fastball. "Fastball inside," Morejon said through an interpreter.