ARMS GAME: General manager Bob Goughan was not happy with the make-up of the bullpen last season when the Bluefish failed to reach the Atlantic League playoffs.
He felt that the pieces did not mesh as they did in 2010 when the club advanced to the league championships series.
Early on this season Goughan has made it a point to stockpile as many relievers as possible. He added another Sunday signed when they announced the signing of former big league right-hander Dan Stange.
"I really wanted to give (manager) Willie (Upshaw) as any options as we could to really develop the type of bullpen here in 2012 that we had in 2010,'' Goughan said. "I also wanted to bring in a lot of closer experience. We have nine guys that have closed in professional baseball on a staff of (14). There's a mindset that goes into that. It's a good group of guys down there.''
Stange, 26, made four appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010.
He had a 23.62 ERA in three appearances (2 2/3 innings) with Class AAA Reno this season.
Stange, a hard thrower who had not pitched since April 11, allowed one run on one hit and two walks in one inning in Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Camden Riversharks.
"He was probably rusty more than anything,'' Upshaw said. "But I think his consistency will come. He's got a good arm. That velocity plays. So I think he'll be OK for us once he gets his timing down and starts using both sides of the plate inside and outside.''
UP NEXT: Tuesday vs. Long Island, 7:05 p.m. RHP Mike Loree (0-0, 5.06) vs. LHP Gilbert De La Vara (0-0, 12.00).
-- RICH ELLIOTT