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Saupold returns for Heat's trip to Adelaide
The Perth Heat welcome back MLB superstar Warwick Saupold for their trip to Adelaide
01/03/2018 3:55 AM ET
Warwick Saupold (Perth Heat) - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM
Warwick Saupold (Perth Heat) - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM (STAFF)

The good news just keeps rolling for the Perth Heat. Days after breaking the all-time ABL runs record, the 15 x Claxton Shield Champions welcome back Major League superstar Warwick Saupold to their lineup.

Saupold, who plies his trade for the Detroit Tigers will make his ABL return this weekend as the Heat travel to Adelaide to take on the Bite in their Round Seven matchup starting Thursday.

The veteran right-hander, who has 68 Heat appearances to his name is expected to make his return out of the bullpen.

"It's been a goal for me to come back and play," Saupold said.

The Belmont Senior High School alumni signed with Detroit in 2012, making his MLB debut in 2016 after impressing in the Minor Leagues.

The 27-year-old hopes throwing some innings for Perth will prepare him for the gruelling 162 game MLB season which starts in April.

"(Playing for the Heat) gets me ready to go back for the Tigers in spring training."

Despite salvaging a series split with the top-of-the-table Brisbane Bandits, the Heat's weekend opponents the Bite (6-18) sit bottom of the ABL standings with a slim chance of making playoffs.

In team news, pitchers Brad Williams and Adam Millson come into the team alongside outfielder Ryan Kift who has recovered from an illness which kept him out of last week's action.

Tim and Matt Kennelly (work), Tom Bailey and Jake Turnbull (injuries) drop out of the team as Perth look for a fifth series win of the season.

Alex Boshers will again start Thursday's Game One, with Kyle Simon, Dan Schmidt and Nick Veale to round out the rotation.

All of the games will be played at the Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex and you can follow Thursday and Sunday's games live on

Ins: Warwick Saupold, Brad Williams, Adam Millson, Ryan Kift

Out: Matt Kennelly, Tim Kennelly, Tom Bailey, Jake Turnbull

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.