Former New Albany star and University of Louisville standout Josh Rogers is scheduled to start on the mound Friday night when the Norfolk Tides face the Louisville Bats in an International League game at Louisville Slugger Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound left-handed pitcher is 1-1 with a 6.00 earned-run average in three starts with the Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, so far this season. He also made one relief appearance with the O's on April 10.
"Back to the 502!" Rogers tweeted late Thursday afternoon.
In his last outing, Rogers earned his first victory of the season. He allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out four in six innings of the Tides' 5-2 triumph over Charlotte last Saturday.
In 15 innings pitched with Norfolk, Rogers has allowed 10 runs (all earned) on 18 hits while walking three and striking out 10. He has given up three home runs and hit one batter while posting a 1.40 WHIP.
In his one appearance with Baltimore, Rogers allowed five earned runs on four hits — three of which were home runs — while walking one and striking out one in 3 2/3 innings of the Orioles' 10-3 loss to Oakland.
Rogers' first professional start at LSF went very well last year.
Pitching for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, Rogers tossed seven shutout innings, allowing five hits while walking two and striking out three, in the RailRiders' 4-0 win May 29.
Rogers was traded by the Yankees to the Orioles last June in the Zach Britton deal
He went on to receive his first big-league call-up last September and went 1-2 with an 8.49 ERA in three starts with Baltimore.
The Tides (7-14), who are in last place in the IL South and 1-9 on the road this season, will try to end a four-game losing skid when they take the field against the Bats. Right-handed Lucas Sims (1-0, 3.15 ERA) is scheduled to start for Louisville.