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Former Juneau-Douglas High School baseball player Chad Bentz, who now plays professionally for the Vermont Expos of the New York-Penn League, has been sidelined by a foot injury and hasn't seen action since July 30.
Bentz, a left-handed pitcher who was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the seventh round of the amateur baseball draft in June, was scheduled to make a start on Aug. 10 but wasn't able to take the mound. Bentz is not officially on the injured list, Vermont Expos officials said, but he is sidelined for the near future.
"I spoke with Liam Frawley, our trainer, and he said that Chad is having nerve trouble in his drive foot," Vermont general manager C.J. Knudsen said. "He is not sure when Chad is going to pitch again. Liam did not have time to expand on what is causing the nerve trouble."
Bentz is 1-3 this season with a 4.91 ERA in eight starts. He has allowed 39 hits and 11 walks in 36 2/3 innings and he has 38 strikeouts.
Bentz was also featured in a New York Times article on July 31, when Vermont manager Steve Balboni said Bentz is "definitely one of the top pitching prospects on this team."
While Bentz is currently on the sidelines, another former Juneau-Douglas High School pitcher has been throwing well since his return from shoulder tendinitis in his pitching arm. Toby Staveland, who pitches for the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the New York-Penn League, has allowed just one run in his last two starts.
Staveland, a right-handed pitcher who was drafted in the 44th round of the 1999 amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves, went six innings and allowed five hits, one walk and one run as the Jammers beat the Batavia Muckdogs 3-1 on Sunday. Staveland left with the game tied 1-1. In his previous start, Staveland combined with two other pitchers on a two-hitter as the Jammers blanked the Williamsport Crosscutters 3-0 on Aug. 8.
Staveland is 2-0 with a 2.82 ERA this year in seven starts and 11 total appearances. He has allowed 34 hits and 15 walks in 38 1/3 innings and has 27 strikeouts.
Former Juneau third baseman Rob Conway, who plays for the Cook County (Ill.) Cheetahs of the independent Frontier League, drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning Sunday as Cook County beat the River City Rascals 5-4.
Conway had been in a slump that saw his batting average dip to .225 on July 30, but since then he's brought it back up to .277 despite an 0-for-2 performance on Wednesday (it reached .282 on Tuesday). Conway has 33 hits in 119 at bats, with four doubles, one triple, no homers, 11 RBIs, 15 runs scored and three stolen bases.