Crazy days

Trades lead to roster moves and that means new players in the clubhouse. A really busy past couple of days for the Herd.

Let’s get right to it…

Here are the latest activations:
The Buffalo Bisons today announced that RHP Jon Meloan and INF Walter Diaz have been placed on the team’s active roster for Sunday’s game in Charlotte against the Charlotte Knights (5:15 p.m.). Meloan was acquired by the Cleveland Indians yesterday in the Casey Blake trade. Diaz has been promoted from Single-A Mahoning Valley.

Meloan and Diaz will fill the roster spots as INF Andy Gonzalez had his contract purchased by the Indians yesterday and RHP Jeff Stevens was placed on the temporary inactive list to begin his Olympic preparations with Team USA.

The Cleveland Indians have also traded INF Chris De La Cruz to the Florida Marlins organization.

Meloan, 24, was the Dodgers 5th round selection out of the University of Arizona in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 6-3, 225 pound right-hander made his Major League debut with the Dodgers just last season, appearing in 5 games in September (7.1IP, 8H, 9R, 9ER, 8BB, 7K). He began 2007 at Double-A Jacksonville where he went 5-2 with 19 saves and a 2.18 ERA (45.1IP, 24H, 11ER, 18BB, 70K) in 35 appearances out of the bullpen while being named to the Southern League All-Star team and top reliever in the SL by Baseball America. He was later promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas where he went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (21.1IP, 12H, 4ER, 9BB, 21K) in 14 appearances before his call-up by LA.

Meloan was converted by the Dodgers to a starting pitcher this season and has spent the entire campaign with the Las Vegas 51’s, going 5-10 with a 4.97 ERA (105.0IP, 119H, 72R, 58ER, 60BB, 99K) in 21 games and 20 starts this season. He will work out of the Bisons bullpen.

Diaz, 23, has made the Triple-A level after just 19 professional games. A 48th round selection by the Indians in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Diaz has hit .288 (17-59) with four doubles and nine RBI for short-season Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League.

Here are your News & Notes today

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the third game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (5:15 p.m.). The series is now tied at a game apiece following the Herd’s 4-0 shutout victory last night. The Bisons are now 1-1 on an eight-game roadtrip that will take them to Durham, July 29- August 1. On the mound tonight for the Herd is LHP Zach Jackson. The southpaw allowed just one run in four innings on July 21 in his first start with the Bisons. Charlotte will send out RHP Jack Egbert.

TODAY’S STARTER: Zach Jackson-Last Game: 7/21 vNOR: (ND, 4.0IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K), Tides’ 8-4 Win.
-2008 w/Bisons: (1-0, 1.69)(5G, 1GS, 10.2IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 10K).
-2008 w/ Nashville: (1-5, 7.85)(22G, 6GS 57.1IP, 61H, 54R, 50ER, 18BB, 34K).
-2007 w/ Nashville: (11-10, 4.46)(29G, 28GS, 169.2IP, 184H, 95R, 84ER, 64BB, 123K)
-2007 w/ Nashville: 1st in starts (28), innings (169.2), strikeouts (123).
-Originally a first round draft pick by Toronto in 2004.
-Acquired in trade with Milwaukee on July 7, 2008

ZACH ATTACK: LHP Zach Jackson has impressed in his first five games with the Bisons. After allowing just one run in four relief outings (6.2IP), the southpaw gave up just one run on two hits in his start on Monday against Norfolk. Jackson struck out four and left with the lead after 53 pitches because he hasn’t been stretched out as a starter. Jackson was one of four players the Cleveland Indians acquired earlier this month in the trade that sent LHP C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee.

BISONS BITS: OF Todd Linden has reached base in 17 straight games, hitting .354 (23-65) with 8 walks…OF Brad Snyder is 6 for his last 13 (.462) with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 3RBI…C Chris Gimenez has reached base safely in 7 straight games, hitting .400 (10-25) with 8 walks…OF Trevor Crowe’s 1st-inning home run last night was his first Triple-A hit.

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