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'Fish add minor-league vet Gustafson to pitching staff

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Just in time for Opening Day, the Bridgeport Bluefish bolstered their pitching staff on Wednesday with the signing of Tim Gustafson. Gustafson, 29-year-old right-hander who spent time in the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds organizations, made the team after attending the Bluefish's open tryout on April 12, and impressing Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw.

Last year, Gustafson made 27 starts with the AA Tulsa Drillers in the Colorado farm system. There, he threw a career-high a 146.1 innings and posted a 5.41 ERA. In 2012, he pitched at the AA and AAA levels in the Reds' system, making a total of 32 appearances (25 of them starts), finishing the season with a 7-9 record and a 5.39 ERA while striking out 92 batters in 132 innings.

A ninth-round pick by the Braves out of Georgia Tech in 2006, Gufstafson has a career 34-50 record with a :5:03 ERA and 486 strikouts in 679 minor-league innings pitched.

“It’s great to see a player like Tim make the club after attending our open tryout,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “He brings a lot of experience to this team and will be an asset for us.

In order to make room for Gustafson on the roster, the 'Fish released pitcher Keith Bilodeau.

The Bluefish open the season tonight vs. the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. First pitch is at 7:50, and the game will be streamed HERE.



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