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Peanuts Add Macon Pitcher

June 15, 2007

Albany -- The South Georgia Peanuts brought in reinforcements, as try for their first win against the Macon Music Friday.

Wally Backman won't be in uniform, as the Peanuts manager begins a three-game suspension following his ejection for bumping an umpire in Aiken Tuesday.

South Georgia will have relief pitcher Andrew Shetrone, who joins the team after being released by Macon a week ago.

Shetrone was the first three-game winner in the South coast league, he replaces Jason Blanton on the Peanuts roster, and says while it's always difficult to change teams, he's ready to help South Georgia get a win against his old club.

"It's always a little tough, since you know all those guys," says Shetrone. "I played with a few of those guys in college, and one of them I knew in high school, so it's different, but it's the game of baseball, and it's what you gotta do. I want to take one of these games from Macon, but that's just me."

Backman says, "He had some issues with the manager on that side, but I don't think it's going to be a problem here at all. I like the kid, I know he can pitch, and I want to give him the opportunity to pitch here."

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