Outfielder Tyson Gillies released by Capitals
Outfielder Tyson Gillies will no longer wear the Capitals of Quebec uniform, according to Le Soleil learned Sunday just before their match against the Ottawa Champions. Absent from the lineup in the last four games, including Sunday’s, the veteran Canadian player was released by the Can-Am League club on the eve of his departure to compete in the Pan-Am Games.
The Capitals will confirm the news after the meeting on Sunday afternoon. Saturday, we had noticed the absence of Gillies in the shelter of the players, even if it was not of the starting alignment. He suffered the same fate as the Cuban thrower Vladimir Garcia, who had been informed that his services would not be required just before he joined the Cuban national team on Thursday.
Gillies has only played 38 of the Capitals’ 67 games this season. He was injured most of the time and only had a .263 offensive average with five homers and 18 RBIs while on training.
The 30-year-old left-handed batcher from Vancouver has never met the expectations placed on his contract in January. That day, manager Patrick Scalabrini was looking forward to hiring this 13-year veteran in affiliated and independent professional baseball.
“I tried to get it a few seasons ago, but it had been in the Atlantic League instead. He is one of the best center fielders I’ve seen, he is a specimen of nature, fast and explosive. He has been injured often in the past, but in top form, his numbers are impressive and he could be one of the best players in the league. He just needs to find a way to stay healthy, “said manager Patrick Scalabrini with a touch of premonition.
Gillies has not been able to avoid injuries and has spent almost more time in the first aid room. He was kept out of the game for two long weeks after the fifth game of the regular schedule.
He played his last match with the Capitals on July 17 in Trois-Rivières. He was one of four Capital Players recruited by the Canadian team in anticipation of the Pan-Am Games, which will be held in Lima, Peru starting Friday. Other Capitals representatives are pitcher Scott Richmond and Dustin Molleken, as well as newcomer Connor Panas. They will be the teammates of pitchers Philippe Aumont and Evan Rutckyj, two players of the Champions of Ottawa who faced the Capitals, at the end of the week.
Édouard Julien, a Quebec player who has just signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins, is also a member of the national team, as well as retiree Jonathan Malo, a former Capitals who now lives in Quebec City.
More details to come.