HAVING made his season debut away in Adelaide last week, Perth fans will get the chance to see Major League pitcher Warwick Saupold back in action on home soil when the Heat take on the Sydney Blue Sox in a five-game series at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark this weekend.
Saupold threw 0.2 innings out of the bullpen against the Bite, recording a fly-out and ground-out in his return to baseball following three months off after the 2017 MLB season.
“It was good to get Waz in there (last week),” Manager Andy Kyle said.
The Heat sit second in the ABL standings following a 3-1 win against the Bite and are eying a sixth series win of the season when they host the fifth-placed Blue Sox (10-17).
In team news, the Heat have made a series of changes for Round 8, highlighted by the absence of Mike Brosseau who returned to the U.S. after breaking his metacarpal in Adelaide.
“Mike’s been fantastic for the organisation, so it’s going to be a massive loss,” Chief Executive Lachlan Dale said.
Adam Courcha returns to the Heat set-up having missed the last three seasons due to work commitments, while Rockingham catcher Michael Hart and pitchers Nick Kennedy and Brendan Sing come into the side.
Matt and Tim Kennelly also return having missed the Adelaide series.
Pitcher Tom Bailey remains on the sidelines through injury, with Scott Mitchinson unavailable for selection.
Alex Boshers will start Thursday’s Game One, with Kyle Simon, Dan Schmidt, Nick Veale and Adam Millson to round out the rotation.
With the series to be played across five games, Millson will earn his second career start on Sunday – his first since 2012.
All of the games will be played at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark in Thornlie, with a double-header to be played on Saturday.