The Bowie Baysox were not the only ones happy to see outfielder Val Majewski back in the lineup after his stint on the seven-day disabled list ended last Thursday. Majewski came back in time for a three-game series at Trenton this past weekend.
Majewski, a native of Freehold, N.J. -- about 30 miles from Trenton -- estimated that at least 50 family members and friends attended the series. He marked his comeback by hitting home runs Friday and Saturday.
"It's only about 35 or 40 minutes from my house," he said. "A few people came up to me before Saturday's game and they said it would be great if I could do it [hit a home run] again, and in my first at-bat I got lucky and hit another."
The comeback came at a good time. Majewski was with Class A Delmarva most of last year but missed that team's two trips to play Lakewood (N.J.) after he was on the disabled list for six weeks with a stress fracture in his right leg.
"I think I disappointed a few people when I missed those trips last year," Majewski said. "I am glad I was finally able to do it."
Majewski's injury -- a strained left oblique muscle -- meant that Bowie had to scramble in the outfield. The team has only three full-time outfielders; infielders Gary Cates, Joey Hammond, Kris Wilken and Frederick outfielder Woody Cliffords played in the outfield in Majewski's absence.
Majewski entered last night's game with Akron with a team-leading six home runs.
* WHITESIDE THRIVING: Catcher Eli Whiteside has 16 hits this year, half of them for extra bases, with four doubles and four home runs. Whiteside entered last night's game against Akron with a .320 batting average and a .640 slugging percentage. . . . The Baysox are 16-1 when leading after five innings. The main reason is closer Jacobo Sequea, who had seven saves, with 15 strikeouts in 17 innings, entering last night's game.