PORTLAND, ME – With five games left in the regular season and the Trenton Thunder trying to hold off the Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern division, the Thunder will get a much needed jolt to their offense with the return of star right fielder Tyler Austin. The news first broke courtesy of Austin’s mother, who tweeted on Friday afternoon that her son was headed to Portland to link up with the Thunder during their series with the Sea Dogs.
It is expected that Austin, who has been on a rehab assignment with the GCL Yankees, will arrive in Portland late on Friday night. This clears the way for one of the top power-hitting prospects in the New York Yankees farm system to be activated in time for Saturday’s doubleheader.
Austin has been out of action since just after the Eastern League All-Star Game with a bone bruise in his wrist. Initial speculation suggested that Austin could miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Instead, Austin will return in time for the playoffs and the Arizona Fall League.The 21-year-old has been one of Trenton’s best hitters this season, producing a .254/.344/.367 batting line with six home runs and 39 RBIs from the third spot in the Thunder lineup.