05/05/2009 1:44 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones and manager Andy McCauley have announced that catcher Craig Hurba will return for the 2009 season.
Hurba, 27, battled injuries for part of the 2008 season but still managed 12 home runs and 43 RBI in just 50 games. He played in all seven of the T-Bones playoff games in 2008, contributing to their championship run with a .280 average while blasting two home runs, one grand slam, and driving in nine RBI.
“Craig battled through some injuries last season,” said McCauley, “but he’s ready to go this year. He made some big contributions during our stretch run and played a large part in our championship team. We look for him to give us around 70 starts this season while strengthening our lineup.”
In Hurba’s two seasons with the T-Bones, he has pushed his way into a fourth-place tie on the franchise’s career home run list with 30. He is also one of only four players in franchise history to play at least 95 games in a season, doing so in 2006.
The T-Bones have one final exhibition game at home on May 12 at 7:05 against the River City Rascals. Kansas City then begins their title defense at home against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on May 15. Single-game tickets for the both contests are on sale now and start at just $6. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and All-You-Can-Eat plans are available as well. For more information, call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com
PRIME CUTS: The T-Bones have also signed pitcher Weston Curles to a contract for the 2009 season. Curles, 24, spent his first season in professional baseball with Traverse City in the Frontier League last year. A graduate of Mount Olive College, Curles earned All-Tournament Team honors as a sophomore and senior and won the Division II National Championship with Mount Olive last season.