Just when the big league club gets its starting lineup healthy, the farm system starts moving. Here's a look at the shifts:
Sal Iacono no longer appears on the Salem roster at MiLB.com. I read at one source that he moved on due to lack of playing time. He had only 16 at bats this season as the team's third string backstop. Iacono was drafted in the 26th Round last June out of Princeton.
To replace Iacono, Kevin Carkeek was called up from Lexington. Carkeek, drafted in last year's 25th round out of the University of Oakland, was hitting .186(8 for 43) at Lexington.
Salem also added Roberto Mena to replace Wladamir Sutil as a back-up infielder. Mena, out of the University of Tampa was batting .190(12 for 63) at Lexington.
The call-ups of Mena and Carkeek led to Joe Melton and Bryan Brown being added to the Lexington roster from extended spring training in Florida.
Melton is a catcher that the team signed this off-season. He spent about six weeks of last season with Reno of the independent Golden League before suffering an injury. Melton played high school baseball for Roy Oswalt's brother in Tennessee.
Brown spent last summer with Greeneville. The infielder batted .237(31 for 131) with 16 RBI. Brown was an undrafted free agent out of Florida Southern.
Finally, a release from the Hooks indicates that Sergio Perez is scheduled to start tomorrow's game against Frisco. Perez, who spent last season in Salem, has been suffering from a groin injury since spring training.