BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - The Rumble Ponies' opening day starter Drew Gagnon was scheduled to pitch Wednesday night for Binghamton in the series finale against Akron, but when former Rumble Pony Corey Oswalt was promoted from Las Vegas to the New York Mets Tuesday, Gagnon was called up to take Oswalt's place on the 51s.
With Gagnon in Las Vegas, Ponies manager Luis Rojas is forced to have a 'bullpen day' Wednesday night. A 'bullpen day' is when a team plans to use multiple relievers throughout the game instead of a starting pitcher.
Lefty reliever Daniel Zamora is tabbed to start against the RubberDucks. It will be his first career professional start. The Mets acquired Zamora this offseason in a trade with Pittsburgh Pirates for Josh Smoker.
"Usually you go with a guy who has the experience of starting a game," said Binghamton Rumble Ponies manager Luis Rojas. "(A guy) who has gone through a routine at the start of the game in the past. So, Zamora started a couple games in his career, and he's a guy who can kind of have that mentatily. He can go through a pitching-plan, going through the lineup at least once or twice. We'll see how much Daniel can give us (Wednesday) and then who can follow up."
Zamora started in college at Stony Brook, a fellow America East school. The lefty went 3-1 in four starts against the Bearcats.