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July 29, 2012

FROM TERRE HAUTE TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES: Stetter getting career back on track with Milwaukee

TERRE HAUTE — Finally some good news for the professional baseball career of former Indiana State relief pitcher Mitch Stetter.

The left-handed Stetter pitched in both games of a doubleheader for Huntsville (AA) on July 21. Five days later, he was promoted to Nashville (AAA). In his first outing with the Sounds, he tossed a hitless, scoreless inning vs. Memphis on Thursday.

Stetter was demoted by the Brewers last season, underwent hip surgery, then was released in the offseason. He signed a minor-league deal with Houston this spring, then was released again. Soon after, he signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers and had pitched all this season at Huntsville.

Stetter has appeared in 132 games at the major-league level, all in relief, all with Milwaukee. His best season was 2009, appearing in 71 games with a 4-1 won-lost record.

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Notes — Joe Thatcher picked up his eighth hold for San Diego on July 20, then lost back-to-back decisions on July 21 and 24, dropping to 0-4 on the season. … Brian Omogrosso earned a save on July 23 in his first outing since returning to Charlotte after a brief stint with the Chicago White Sox. … Josh Phegley is 8 for 18 in his last four games for Charlotte. … Brandon Dorsett earned his first professional save, as his Bluefield team defeated Princeton on July 21.

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Transactions — Nevin Ashley was activated from the 7-day disabled list by Durham (AAA) on July 22. … Kyle Lafrenz was sent on a rehab assignment with the GCL Phillies. … Jake Petricka was assigned to Birmingham (AA) on July 21.

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Updates on former Indiana State, Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute Rex or Wabash Valley-connected players this week.

n Clint Barmes — Barmes was 4 for 18 with a home run, three RBI in six games for Pittsburgh.

n Nevin Ashley — Ashley was 2 for 6 with two doubles, one home run and three RBI in two games for Durham.

n Josh Phegley — Phegley was 6 for 13 with two RBI in three games for Charlotte.

n Brady Shoemaker — Shoemaker was 2 for 19 with seven strikeouts in six games for Birmingham.

n Ryan Strausborger — Strausborger was 1 for 11 in three games for Frisco.

n Nick Ciolli — Ciolli remains on the 7-day DL for Winston-Salem.

n Kyle Lafrenz — Lafrenz was 1 for 7 with a double, two RBI in four games for the GCL Phillies.

n Jeremy Lucas — Lucas was 0 for 2 with one run scored in two games for Mahoning Valley.

n Stephen Bruno — Bruno was 7 for 24 with two doubles, three RBI in seven games for Boise.

n Jake Eigsti — Eigsti was 7 for 25 with two doubles, one home run and five RBI in seven games for Camden.

n Pascual Del Real — Del Real was 1 for 6 in four games for Edinburg.

n Alex Guthrie — Guthrie was 3 for 13 with a home run, two RBI in four games for Gateway.

n Joe Thatcher— Thatcher made four relief appearances for San Diego. In a combined 12⁄3 innings, he allowed three runs, six hits, with one walk, one strikeout.

n Brian Omogrosso — Omogrosso made one relief appearance for Charlotte. On July 23 at Buffalo, he went two innings, allowing no runs, one hit, with no walks, three strikeouts to earn his third save.

n Matt Zaleski — Zaleski made one start for Charlotte. On July 24, he was the losing pitcher vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre, going four innings, allowing five runs, eight hits, with three walks, three strikeouts.

n Mitch Stetter — Stetter made two relief appearances for Huntsville, then one relief outing for Nashville. In his two Huntsville outings, he went a combined2⁄3 of an inning, allowing one run, one hit, with one walk, one strikeout. In his one Nashville outing, he went one inning, allowing no runs, no hits, with one walk, one strikeout.

n Derek Eitel — Eitel made one start for Mobile. On July 22, he earned a no-decision vs. Pensacola, going six innings, allowing no runs, five hits, with one walk, three strikeouts.

n Ryan Tatusko — Tatusko made one start for Harrisburg. On July 22, he was the losing pitcher vs. New Brunswick, going five innings, allowing four runs, four hits, with three walks, five strikeouts.

n Jake Petricka — Petricka made one start for Birmingham. On July 22, he earned a no-decision, going six innings, allowing two runs, four hits, with three walks, two strikeouts.

n Colin Rea — Rea made one start for Fort Wayne. On July 20, he was the winning pitcher at Cedar Rapids, going six innings, allowing two runs (one earned), three hits, with two walks, one strikeout.

n Jason Van Skike — Van Skike made one relief appearance for Kannapolis. On July 24, he had a no-decision, going 21⁄3 innings, allowing four runs, four hits, with one walk, three strikeouts.

n Brett Merkley — Merkley made two relief appearances for Great Falls. In a combined three innings, he allowed no runs, four hits, with no walks, one strikeouts. Both were no-decisions.

n Brandon Dorsett — Dorsett made one relief appearance for Bluefield. On July 21, he earned a save, going one inning, allowing no runs, no hits, with no walks, no strikeouts.

n Dakota Bacus — Bacus made one relief appearance for the AZL Athletics. On July 22, he had a no-decision vs. the AZL Mariners, going two innings, allowing no runs, two hits, with no walks, three strikeouts.

Dennis Clark can be reached at dennis.clark@tribstar.com and followed on Twitter @TribStarDennis.

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