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What Colabello & Herrmann Mean to the Red Wings

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Chris Colabello and Chris Herrmann wereboth optioned to the Rochester Red Wings Sunday night, and both players joinedthe Wings during their Memorial Day matinee at Frontier Field,Monday.

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So what exactly is the plan for both ofthese players while they are in Rochester? Ultimately the goal is toget them back to the parent club in Minnesota, however what will their roles be while they're playing with the Red Wings.

After Monday's 10-5 win over theSyracuse Chiefs, Red Wings manager Gene Glynn spoke about what rolesColabello and Herrmann would play in the Wings lineup. “I'll talk to oneof guys from the Twins tonight to see what the plan is. We know what (Chris)Herrmann is going to do, he'll play outfield, maybe first, he's goingto catch, just like (Dan) Rohlfing. The big man, Chris (Colabello) isgoing to play, and try to get as many as bats as he can to get back ontop of what he was doing in the month of April in the big leagues. Weall know he can hit, as much as we like having him around, we feelfor the situation. He's such a positive guy and a positive influence,you know he's always going to play hard. Those guys will be in asmuch as anybody, if not more.”

According to Ron Gardenhire, per MikeBerardino, “Chris Herrmann will play center field in games for theRed Wings.” During Herrmann's 11 games in Rochester, he hit .359with one homer and four RBI's. For Herrmann, it'll be the first timehe's played center field since 2010, where he played 11 games therefor the Fort Myers Miracle. It appears that the Twins want anotheroption other than Sam Fuld when he comes back from concussionsymptoms, and Aaron Hicks could be sent to Rochester to work on hi****ting against Right Handed Pitchers as a Right handed hitter.

While Chris Colabello played a lot inthe outfield with the Twins, it seems to be a good fit for CC to takeover the everyday 1B duties while he's with Rochester. The Red Wingseveryday 1B Brad Nelson ranks last in the International League inbatting average, slugging & OPS among first basemen with at least100 at bats. During his time in Rochester last year, Colabello hit.352 with 24 homers and 76 RBI's in just 89 games. With such adrastic difference offensively between the two players, to thinkthat he will take over the first base role with the Wings seems to beobvious.

As far as the rest of the team goes,the Red Wings have improved to 27-22 on the year with their win todayover Syracuse and moved into 1stplace in the division. Coming into today's game Rochester the bestERA in the league at 3.12 and also have four complete games on theyear while also leads the IL. Rochester will play three more games atFrontier Field against the Syracuse Chiefs and then will play fourmore at home against the Gwinnett Braves.
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