Get those shirts, jerseys and footballs ready for autographs. Next week, Parkview Field will be graced with a dose of NFL starpower.
Three-time Pro Bowl selection T.Y. Hilton will appear at the TinCaps' May 18 home game against Great Lakes. It is part of the annual "Colts at Bat with the Fort Wayne TinCaps," the details of which were announced by the Colts on Wednesday.
Another Colts player, defensive back Darius Butler, will also be on hand with Hilton to sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. leading up to the 7:05 p.m. start. A few of the Colts' cheerleaders will sign autographs from 7:30 p.m. until the fifth inning.
While Butler has enjoyed an accomplished career, coming up with 15 interceptions in eight seasons, Hilton undoubtedly joins placekicker Adam Vinatieri as the biggest names the Colts have sent to Parkview Field in recent years.
Hilton led the NFL in receiving yards last season with a career-high 1,448 and also set a career high in receptions (91).
“We are thrilled to continue our summer tour for the 14th consecutive year,” Colts COO Pete Ward said in a statement issued by the team. “Our fans are the lifeblood of our organization, and these summer events have become a signature part of our grassroots community engagement. We look forward to traveling throughout Indiana and Louisville to say thank you to the thousands of fans that support the team throughout the year.”
No surgery for Reed: After Wednesday's 3-2 win over Wisconsin, TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras provided an encouraging update on injured center fielder Buddy Reed, who is in Arizona for rehabilitation because of a recurring back issue.
"Good news is he went to San Diego, got checked out by the doctors there, and it's just a back strain, so there's no surgery needed," Contreras said. "They are putting him through a progression program right now to strengthen his back and strengthen his core to get him back on track, and hopefully we see him here soon."
Theft is good: With two more stolen bases Wednesday, Fort Wayne raised its season total to 35, second-best in the 16-team Midwest League.