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Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 am

Notebook: TinCaps' Thompson unlikely to return

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Mason Thompson, whom the TinCaps placed on the disabled list a week ago, is unlikely to return this season.

The good news for Fort Wayne's 19-year-old starting pitcher is his injury does not sound too serious, according to his manager, Anthony Contreras, who was given a cursory update on Thompson's condition.

"Nothing specific," Contreras said. "I think it's more the same thing that he had when he got (injured) the first time. There's some bicep tendonitis. That's all I've heard so far."

However, because only 29 games remain in the regular season, Thompson is being shut down.

"With a month left, they have to shut him down," Contreras said. "They'll have to build him back up again. There's not enough season left for him to come back and be effective."

Thompson, chosen by the San Diego Padres in the third round of last year's amateur draft, is 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA. Contreras said even if the TinCaps extend their season in the playoffs, Thompson would not come back.

Record looming: Fort Wayne's franchise record for home runs in a season is 102, set by the 2014 team. After Friday's 16-3 rout of West Michigan, this year's TinCaps have 99 homers.

Throwback jerseys: The TinCaps, who used to be called the Wizards, wore Wizards jerseys Friday. "I thought they looked really good," said Contreras, who was a player for Fort Wayne in that era. "That's what I remember, obviously, is being a Wizard. It wasn't the exact style we used, but I think everybody enjoyed them."