Players who have left Salem’s roster: RHP Kyle Kaminska, OF Matty Johnson, INF Nick Natoli

Players who Salem has added: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller, INF Matt Gedman

Lots of news here. Firstly, Kyle Kaminska decided to retire from professional baseball, leaving Salem on Wednesday after pitching pretty well as the Sox starter on Tuesday night. Kaminska, a 24-year-old from Illinois, made two starts for Salem after beginning the year with Double-A Portland. While he accounted himself well in his short time with Salem, the righthander made the call to hang it up. Drafted out of high school by the Marlins, Kaminska pitched for 10 different minor league clubs for three different organizations over the last seven seasons. He made 141 appearances and 71 starts, enjoying some success in A-ball but struggling at Double-A and above. The Red Sox acquired him from the Pirates last December as the player to be named in the Zach Stewart deal.

I only knew Kyle for a week, but enjoyed a few good chats with him and very much respect his decision to try something else. He’s getting married this fall, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

In other news, Matty Johnson went up to Pawtucket a couple days ago, and Nick Natoli followed him today. These seem like roster-filler moves, with Johnson and Natoli providing depth for the Triple-A club. It is worth noting that Natoli has become a reliable utility man for Salem, especially over the past couple weeks. Since April 22, Natoli owns a .400 OBP, with 11 hits and 12 walks in his last 13 games.