The Altoona Curve have activated Zack Dodson from the disabled list and he will take his turn on the mound tonight. Dodson was placed on the DL with a left oblique injury, which he suffered while warming up for a start on April 21st. Prior to going on the DL, Dodson made two starts and one relief appearance. In 10.2 innings, he allowed three earned runs on 14 hits and six walks, to go along with six strikeouts. He actually pitched well in his last start despite those numbers, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings.
To make room on the roster, reliever Ryan Beckman has been assigned to the Jamestown roster. Tonight was originally scheduled to be Joely Rodriguez on the mound for Altoona. He will now pitch tomorrow instead.
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