WINNIPEG, MB – Following Thursday night’s game, the Winnipeg Goldeyes traded second baseman Casio Grider to the Texas AirHogs in exchange for a player to be named later.

Grider first joined the Goldeyes in 2015, hitting .303 with seven home runs, 38 RBI, and 23 stolen bases in 70 games.  The Loma Linda, California native returned to Winnipeg for the team’s 2016 championship season.  Last year, Grider batted .279 with 11 home runs, 68 RBI, and 22 stolen bases in 99 contests.  The 29-year-old then hit .308 with eight runs scored in 10 playoff games, while adding a home run and two RBI.  Through Thursday night, Grider was 12-for-85 (.141) with one RBI in 23 games in 2017.

Grider is in his ninth season of professional baseball, and reached the Triple-A level in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization in 2014.  Grider was drafted by the Dodgers in the 14th round in 2009 out of Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.

Earlier in the day, the Goldeyes released right-handed pitcher Josh Laxer.  Laxer made six relief appearances for Winnipeg after being acquired in a trade with the Lincoln Saltdogs on May 29th.  Laxer allowed five earned runs in six innings with the Goldeyes.

The Goldeyes roster now stands at 20 players, including 10 pitchers and 10 position players.

The Goldeyes open a three-game series against the St. Paul Saints on Friday night.  First pitch from Shaw Park is at 7:05 p.m.  Kevin McGovern (4-0, 3.28) takes on right-hander Dustin Crenshaw (0-1, 10.50).  Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.

For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com

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