The phone keeps ringing with players interested in coming to York. So he's added pitchers, but also outfielders, catchers and a shortstop.
"Look, (Jeff) Fiorentino was a good add, (Derrick) Gordon was a good add," Etchebarren said. "The adds have helped us to get better."
He thinks the moves will taper off now, but laughed that he doesn't know who might call next.
The latest moves involved the Revs welcoming back Ryan Feierabend and releasing left-hander Victor Garate on Thursday. After pitching in just one game for York, Garate -- a one-time big leaguer -- alerted the Revs that he needed to leave the team for personal reasons. So pitching coach Mark Mason called Feierabend, who was en route to York, to see if he was ready to start.
After missing just one scheduled start -- his turn in the rotation with Triple-A Louisville would have been Sunday -- Feierabend was ready.
York also activated Michael Hernandez (shoulder) from the disabled list Thursday, and in a corresponding roster move sent shortstop Danny Gonzalez to Lancaster to complete a preseason trade that landed York utility player Joe Spiers on April 5.
Spiers (three games, seven at-bats) for Gonzalez (.364 OBP) is not a good deal on paper, but Etchebarren explained the move works because he needs to play recently acquired Joe Thurston at short. Out of baseball for about six weeks, Thurston needs at-bats. The Revs also have All-Star Andres Perez at second and player/coach Liu Rodriguez to play second, short or third in a backup role. So Gonzalez was looking at less playing time or a shift to second, but Gonzalez told Etchebarren he wanted to play short.
"Danny's been playing very well, but ... I thought it was the right move to make us better," Etchebarren said. "(Thurston) has been called to the big leagues six or seven times, he has good numbers at Triple-A. I don't see why he's not going to hit here when he's hit everywhere."
On the mend: Hernandez described his left (non-throwing) shoulder injury as a bone bruise and bruise to his rotator cuff. He made a diving catch in right field July 13, but hasn't been able to play since.
"I still feel a pinch, I pretty much have to swing with two hands not to feel it," Hernandez said. "It's weird with a bone bruise, because it could be two weeks or two months."
Asked on any timetable for his return, Hernandez said it won't be for at least a couple days.
Richardson return: York reliever Jason Richardson (disabled list, elbow) will return to the mound today to face live hitters during York's batting practice, Mason said. The right-hander is recovering from Tommy John surgery and has yet to pitch this season.
Catching concern: Upset that baserunners have been able to run almost at will on his pitchers, Etchebarren likes the acquisition of catcher Salomon Manriquez.
"I know Manriquez can catch and he can throw," Etchebarren said. "If we give him a chance to throw people out he will. And he can hit, he adds offense to our catchers. I like that part too."
York catchers have thrown out just 13-of-76 baserunners this season.
Grimes batting ninth: Once the best in the league at hitting leadoff and scoring runs, Scott Grimes has been moved to ninth in the lineup. Not healthy for months, Grimes has played through two separate hand injuries.
"I wanted to relieve the pressure from him," Etchebarren said. "He doesn't always have to get on base like he did at the top of the order, and he doesn't have to take so many pitches. I told him, 'relax and turn your bat loose at the bottom of the order.'"
By batting Grimes ninth, Etchebarren also has bunched together two of his faster runners (Grimes and leadoff man Brandon Haveman), setting up the potential for hit-and-runs and double-steals.