Federowicz Begins Rehab Stint, Delivers RBI in Return
On Sunday, Tim Federowicz, one of many catchers in the Padres organization, officially began a rehab assignment in the minor league system with the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Federowicz (pronounced: FED-er-oh-vich), who was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the trade that brought Matt Kemp to San Diego, has been recovering from a surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, being kept on injured reserve since March.
The University of North Carolina alum was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but did not reach the majors until his debut in 2011 with Los Angeles. During his tenure with the Dodgers, he primarily served as backup catcher and split duties behind the dish with primary starter A.J. Ellis.
Federowicz resumed baseball activities with light bullpen work some weeks ago at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona, and finally returned to game action with Class A affiliate Fort Wayne on Sunday.
In his first live action since early March, Federowicz served as designated hitter for the TinCaps as they took on Dodgers Class A affiliate Great Lakes.
In the bottom of the first, with one out away and Luis Urias on second base, DH Federowicz smacked a 2-2 fastball to left field for an RBI double, scoring Urias. Federowicz would then advance to third by tagging on a fly out, but was left on base to end the inning.
The offense for Federowicz was short-lived though, as his next three plate appearances all concluded in strikeouts to the delight of Great Lakes right-handers Pablo Fernandez Kevin Guzman, and Scott Griggs, in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, respectively.
The game resulted in an 8-3 victory for the Great Lakes Loons, as it was the Loons getting after Fort Wayne pitching early and often, plating four runs in the first inning, and three more in the fifth. The Loons improved to 45-41 on the season while the Fort Wayne TinCaps dropped to an even 43-43.
The TinCaps will tee it up once more against the Loons Monday night, and then welcome the Lake County Captains for a three game series before heading out on a nine game road trip.
Exactly how long Federowicz will be with Fort Wayne is still uncertain, but the five-year major league catcher remains on course for recovery. Upon his return, it is probable that Austin Hedges, who has served as backup catcher, would be optioned to Triple A El Paso to make room for Federowicz on the 40-man roster. Hedges, who is in his rookie season with San Diego, has continued to prove himself at the major league level.