Pitching news – rotation set for Atlanta

Rod and Mario kept talking about Jim Leyland mentioning that changes were a-comin’ with the pitching staff. I’m sure that much of that has to do with injuries – or recovery from injuries – but a fraction has to do with performance.

We know that Kenny Rogers is back on Friday night. We now know that Andrew Miller will pitch on Sunday night in Atlanta. But beyond that we don’t know much. Either Chad Durbin or Mike Maroth will pitch the beginning of the homestand.

We also know that Zach Miner and Nate Robertson will be donning Erie Seawolves uniforms for rehab. Miner will pitch an inning tonight and make a couple of appearances. Nate Robertson will start on Thursday.

We also know that a spot a spot on the 25 man roster will need to be made for Kenny Rogers and that could be any reliever that’s not Todd Jones or Fernando Rodney or it could be Mike Maroth if he is traded. Rogers is on the 60 day DL, and will need to be “added” to the 40 man roster. But there is a spot available with Jose Mesa’s departure plus Vance Wilson could be moved to the 60 as well.


  1. Kevin in Austin

    June 19, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Wow. These guys are unbelievable.

  2. Kevin in Austin

    June 19, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Casey! Two games off Billfer.

  3. Kyle J

    June 19, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    These have to be some tough choices for DD and Leyland. In the next couple weeks, three of these guys have to go, one way or another. As bad as the bullpen has been, are there three guys here you want to give up on for good? And the guys with options (Miller, De La Cruz, Miner?, Byrdak?) are arguably the guys that have been performing the best and/or have the most upside.


    De La Cruz

  4. Mark

    June 19, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    What’s the word on Rogers after this season? I like the idea of trading one of the excess starters, and getting something to help the team down the stretch this season. I just don’t know how much I like it. Rogers isn’t getting any younger, and it seems like trading one of their starters could turn out badly next season. After Bonderman and Verlander, what is the starting rotation going to look like if Roger’s retires next season, and they traded away one of their quality starters?

    Also, Todd Jones’ quotes after Monday’s game were not endearing at all. He needs a reality check. “My job is to get outs and I got them.” Please….the tying run was on third base after Jones came into the ninth with a four-run lead. That was pitiful, and the comments were almost worse.

  5. PHT in HK

    June 20, 2007 at 12:13 am

    I agree with Mark. There is such a thing as an ugly win!