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Champions place Knigge on waivers, activate Leach from DL

2018 May 29

The right-hander Knigge was a crucial part of the Champions pen, appearing in four games to this point.

OTTAWA -- After wrapping up their three-game series in Sussex County, the Ottawa Champions made two corresponding roster moves.

RHP Tyler Knigge suffered a long-term shoulder injury during his outing in the May 27 afternoon contest versus the Miners, according to Champions manager Hal Lanier.

“He suffered the injury when he was taken out,” the manager said. “He’ll be a very big loss for our bullpen.”

The Champions signed Knigge on March 15 – the right-hander formed a crucial part of the bullpen. He appeared in four games, pitching 4.1 innings and posting an 8.31 ERA.

The Avondale, Ariz. native appeared in affiliated baseball as high as triple-A, primarily in the Philadelphia Phillies system. 

To fill Knigge’s spot, the Champions activated RHP Ryan Leach from the disabled list. He had been on the list since suffering an injury during the season-opening homestand in Ottawa.