SCRAPPERS NOTEBOOK From Eastwood Field
Headless gorilla: The head of the Scrappers' newest mascot was stolen Wednesday, said Jim Riley, director of marketing and promotions. The theft happened just outside the offices at Eastwood Field. Scrappers personnel had painted the head black and let it sit outside the offices to dry. They soon discovered that it had been stolen. That left Phil Kidd, who assumes the gorilla's identity, idle during the Scrappers' game Wednesday against Jamestown. The Scrappers were planning to purchase a new gorilla head today and have the gorilla mascot back on the field for tonight's game.
Szabo update: Scrappers manager Mike Sarbaugh said that infielder Marshall Szabo, a first-year player from Georgia, is most likely done for the season after suffering a strained left knee during a game last week. "He needs to take about two to three weeks off, and by that time the season is about done," Sarbaugh said. "It could have been a lot worse. It wasn't as bad as we thought it was originally." Szabo is batting .294 (32-of-109).
Up next: The Scrappers complete their homestand against the Jammers at 7:05 tonight. The Scrappers' Aaron Laffey (0-1, 1.84) opposes the Florida Marlins' first-round pick in this year's draft, left-hander Taylor Tankersley (0-0, 0.00) of Alabama. Mahoning Valley plays two games at Batavia before returning home Sunday for the first of two home games against the Muckdogs.