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Joe Palumbo makes a (brief) return for Nashville

Joe Palumbo, who has been sidelined with a sore ankle, made his return to action today

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Joe Palumbo was expected to be in the Texas Rangers rotation a couple of turns ago, but has been sidelined with an ankle issue. He returned to the mound for Nashville tonight, going 2.2 IP and 37 pitches in what was, per Scott Lucas on Twitter, a planned abbreviated outing. He allowed a 2 run home run, walked a batter and struck out 5. My guess is that the next time he pitched it will be wearing a big league uniform.

Among the Nashville hitters, Eli White had 3 hits, and Nick Solak and Ronald Guzman each had a hit and a walk.

For Hickory, Jesus Linarez threw 3 shutout innings with 1 walk, 1 hit and 2 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.18. Hever Bueno had a scoreless inning, striking out 3 while walking 1 and allowing a hit. Offensively, Hickory had four singles — one apiece by Jonathan Ornelas, Pedro Gonzalez, Matt Whatley and Tyreque Reed. Josh Jung was 0 for 4 with 2 Ks, and after reaching on a fielder’s choice in the 9th, was lifted for a pinch runner, though it doesn’t appear at first glance to be injury related.

For Down East, Bubba Thompson had a single and a double, and Sherten Apostel had a double and a walk.

Frisco had Jonathan Hernandez work as a multi-inning reliever again, pitching the 6th, 7th and 8th innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out one.