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Former Jag enjoying time with Yankees

By BY PAUL EBNER - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
July 23, 2014 at 2:23 a.m.


Former UHV closer Andre Del Bosque may have suffered a minor setback in the New York Yankees' rookie league, but it hasn't stopped him from enjoying his time with the elite organization.

The 6-foot, 225-pound right hander became the first UHV player selected in the MLB free agent draft in June when the Yankees selected him in the 38th round. The St. Joseph graduate wasted little time in signing with the ballclub and reporting to its Tampa, Fla., rookie headquarters, where he is a member of its Gulf Coast League Yankees1 team.

Del Bosque has appeared in just one game this summer, as his time was limited by a minor shoulder injury that had him sidelined for a couple of weeks.

"Coming off our season, I guess I started throwing too soon and had some inflammation in my shoulder, so they shut me down for a couple of weeks," said Del Bosque during a visit Tuesday to the opening of UHV's new athletic training room facility.

Despite the setback, Del Bosque says the experience has been unbelievable and definitely something new.

"So far, it's been great," said Del Bosque. "It's been a real grind, though. I have to get up every day at 6 a.m. and go to the field and work out until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. The only day we get off is Sunday, and then you just want to stay in bed and rest."

In his only action for the rookie team, Del Bosque tossed one-third of an inning, retiring the only batter he faced in a June 21 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie team.

Del Bosque displayed his talents for the Jaguars this past season when he set single-season records for appearances (34) and saves (13) while becoming UHV's all-time career saves leader with 15.

In his two-year career at UHV, he compiled a 2.70 ERA and a 4-6 record in 46 games. He also recorded 102 strikeouts in 90 innings of work.

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