Right-handed pitcher Red Patterson has rejoined the Albuquerque Isotopes, this afternoon, April 21, and right-handed relief pitcher Steve Edlefsen has retired.
Patterson is currently 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA this season in three starts and has struck out 11 batters, while walking only three. The 26-year-old righty picked up a win April 18 against the El Paso Chihuahuas in the series finale to complete the Isotopes' four-game sweep, tossing seven innings of six-hit, two-run ball. Patterson is currently scheduled to start Thursday night's game at the Fresno Grizzlies.
Edlefsen pitched in six games for Albuquerque this season and was in his eighth year of professional baseball. The 28-year-old Minnesota-native was drafted in 41st-round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox. He made his Major League debut Aug. 21, 2011, when he pitched 1.1 scoreless innings against the Houston Astros.
Albuquerque plays game three of its four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees tonight at 6:35 p.m. MT. Zach Lee (2-0, 1.62 ERA) will take the hill for the Isotopes, while the Bees will send Matt Shoemaker (0-0, 6.00 ERA). After a stop in Fresno, Calif., to play the Grizzlies, the 'Topes return home for a 12-game home stand at Isotopes Park beginning April 28 against the same Salt Lake Bees.