BY RYAN ABER
Pregame notes as the RedHawks get ready for the third of a four-game series tonight against Reno (7:05 at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark):
Jones night set for Friday
The RedHawks will honor longtime manager Bobby Jones before Friday’s game and a plaque will be placed in the park honoring his time with the team.
Jones is the organization’s all-time leader in wins as a manager after playing for the then-89ers during his career.
In all likelihood, this will be Jones’ final season with the team.
The Rangers are expected to change their Triple-A affiliate to Round Rock and Jones says he expects to remain a part of the organization that drafted him.
Treanor almost back
After a five-inning start Monday and a seven-inning start Wednesday, rehabbing Matt Treanor is expected to catch for the entire game in Friday’s series finale.
“He’s right on schedule,” RedHawks manager Bobby Jones said. “He should be back up pretty quick.”
Treanor has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a right posterior cruciate ligament strain.
Taylor Teagarden has been up since Treanor’s injury, filling in as the backup to Rangers catcher Bengie Molina.
Kevin Richardson, who has hit well of late, is starting at catcher for the RedHawks tonight.
Slider helping Phillips’ repertoire
RedHawks reliever Zach Phillips worked on a slider some last year but never used it in a game.
About a month ago, Phillips decided to give the pitch a try in a game situation and it’s certainly paid off so far.
Phillips has not allowed a run in 12 2/3 innings entering Thursday’s game.
“It came around a lot further than I thought it would so I decided to start using it,” Phillips said. “It’s just another tool to get hitters out, especially against lefthanders.”
Harden expected to stay with RedHawks
After turning in a 10-strikeout performance in six innings Wednesday, rehabbing Rich Harden certainly looked like he was ready to pitch in the big leagues again.
But Harden is expected to pitch at least once more for the RedHawks before the Rangers make a decision on whether to activate him.
Harden was placed on the DL on Sunday with right shoulder tendinitis.
“He did a great job last night,” Jones said. “His changeup especially was fantastic.
“If he’s not there, he’s definitely close.”
In his last rehab outing with the RedHawks, Harden turned in another brilliant start, striking out 10 in six innings at Memphis on July 26. And Harden carried that through after being activated by the Rangers, allowing one run in seven innings against the Angels on July 31.
But then he struggled in his next start and quickly found himself back on the disabled list.
Brown’s struggles continue
Just a couple weeks ago, there was no hitter on the RedHawks as locked in as Matt Brown.
But since the RedHawks roadtrip that started Aug. 4, Brown has struggled.
Wednesday, Jones bumped Brown down in the order and, after an 0 for 4 night, Brown was hitting sixth again.
“He’s just not seeing the ball real well right now,” Jones said. “That’s usually what happens when you hit a slump. But we’re going to keep him in the lineup and he’ll break out of it eventually.”
Colome ready to pitch
After being unavailable for his first couple days with the team, newly signed Jesus Colome was available for the first time Wednesday night but not needed after Harden and Warner Madrigal went the distance.
Colome wasn’t available early after throwing a side session when he arrived with the RedHawks earlier this week. Colome hasn’t appeared in a game since being released by Albuquerque on July 3.