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Bannister is returning from Tommy John surgery

FRISCO - After missing the entire 2007 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, 24-year-old pitcher John Bannister is back on the mound. The righty was recently promoted to Double-A Frisco, where beat writer Todd Kaufmann was able to catch up with him.

Young John Bannister comes into Thursday's game against the San Antonio Missions as the starter for the Frisco RoughRiders after being called up from Bakersfield just a few days ago. The 24-year-old right-hander, an only child of a 30-year police veteran and restaurant owner, admits that he probably won't get any sleep the night before and will be the most nervous player on the field come 7:05 pm...

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