Former Camden-Rockport High School hurler Mike MacDonald is back in AA baseball.

After spending all of last season at the AAA level for the Salt Lake City Bees, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MacDonald signed a contract with San Francisco Giants organization in January and was invited to spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz.

MacDonald was eventually assigned to the club’s AA affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League.

The Flying Squirrels are new to the Eastern League, as they were formerly the Connecticut Defenders before moving the club to Richmond, Va. this season.

They will begin the 2010 season Thursday, April 8 with a three-game series at Bowie Baysox, which is the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

The good news for Midcoast residents is MacDonald’s return to the Eastern League means the former Windjammer will be traveling to Portland this season to face the Sea Dogs in a three-game series, which will take place Aug. 6-8. The Sea Dogs will also travel to Richmond for a three-game set Aug. 13-15.

Last season with the Bees, MacDonald finished with an 8-13 record, sported a 6.35 earned run average and started in 27 of the 30 games in which he appeared. He surrendered 181 hits (15 home runs), while walking 60 and striking out 80 in 2009.

MacDonald is a 2000 graduate of then Camden-Rockport High School where he was a four-year starter for the Windjammers, before moving on to pitch for the University of Maine in Orono. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2004 and bounced back and forth between their AA and AAA clubs for five seasons before being released prior to the start of last season.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.