By Tom Price Jr.

His 15 wins a year ago and the fact that he is left handed have given Jeriome Robertson a second chance to salvage his season.

On Aug. 3, the Exeter native was traded to his third Major League Baseball team of the season this time to the Montreal Expos.

The Expos optioned him to Triple-A with the Edmonton Trappers where he made his first start on Aug. 5.

"It's hard to say what the future holds for Jeriome," Expos Assistant General Manager Tony Siegle. "Heck he won 15 games a year ago and you have to have something to win 15 games."

In order to acquire Robertson, who started the season with the Houston Astros but was traded prior to opening day to the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment on July 27, the Expos had to part ways with Pierre-Luc Marceau.

Marceau was 0-0 with an ERA of 4.61 in 13 games with the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats before being traded. According to Siegle he was a popular player with the franchise because he is French-Canadian.

When the Indians designated Robertson for assignment they had 10 days to trade or release him.

On the Major League club the Montreal Expos are thin at starting pitcher with recent injuries to Zach Day and Tony Armas. This could mean that Robertson, who saw only limited action out of the Cleveland Indians bullpen this season, could find himself back in a rotation where he earned Rookie of the Year consideration a year ago.

"He is left handed and we are going to take a chance and see what he can do," Siegle said. "It can't hurt, maybe he will get some time with our Triple-A pitching coach and something will click."

Things haven't clicked for Robertson all season long who struggled in two separate stints with the Indians Major League Club. He was 1-1 with a 12.21 ERA giving up 19 earned runs in 14 innings pitched with the Indians. In an interview on June 28 just after being called up from Triple-A for the second time Robertson expressed his feelings on being in Triple-A and pitching out of the bullpen. "Maybe I can learn to be a Triple-A pitcher, maybe I could get myself pumped up if I knew that was all I can be, but it just isn't enough for me," Robertson said. "I am very interested in the relieving aspect of the game. I have never seen it this way, I like how you can pitch two days in a row and how when you enter, the game is on the line. It's cool but I am still not leaving starting out of the picture." In his first start since a June 16 no-decision with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, Robertson surrendered three runs in two innings in his debut with the Edmonton Trappers last week. He did manage to strike out two in the brief outing.

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