Making sense of the pitching shuffle
On Friday the Revs activated right-handers Dumas Garcia and Shaun Garceau from the inactive list to the active roster and placed right-handers Santo Luis and Ricardo Gomez on the inactive list.
It’s unclear at this point why exactly Luis and Gomez are inactive, but their performance as of late surely hasn’t helped their cause.
Gomez has made three appearances so far this season and has given up at least a hit each time. In two appearances he surrendered two runs each. Overall, he’s given up four earned runs and four hits in 3.1 innings of work, striking out five and walking two. His 10.80 ERA is the worst among all Revs’ relievers so far. The numbers are way off what Gomez did last year, when he pitched in 21 games and collected a 2-0 record, two saves and a 2.13 ERA.
Revs’ skipper Andy Etchebarren had high hopes for Luis, who made his Atlantic League debut this season. The 28-year-old is a former prospect of the Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox who topped out at Class AAA with the Red Sox in 2010. Etch’ brought Luis in with the understanding that the righty could throw in the mid-90s. Back on April 22, basically the last day of Revs’ spring training, Etch’ had this to say about Luis:
“Am I impressed with Santo at this point? No. I’m not impressed at this point with what I thought I was getting. Sporting News picked him best arm in independent league baseball last year. He’s throwing 89-91. We have a lot of guys throwing 89-91. I thought I was getting a guy who could throw 93-95.”
In his first two appearances for York this season, Luis tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, allowed two hits, a walk and struck out three. On Thursday against Camden, he surrendered a two-run home run. And being that he was on a short leash already, that performance probably didn’t help.
Garceau/Garcia: Garceau was originally placed on the inactive list after developing tendinitis in his throwing elbow following back-to-back days where he pitched in spring training. Garceau later said he came to York in shape and ready, but he hadn’t thrown for the full week leading up to the beginning of York’s spring training. So, maybe that played a part in him building up arm strength.Revs’ pitching coach Mark Mason has said previously he would like to start Garceau as a long-inning reliever and possibly consider him as a starter later in the year. At this point, Garceau just needs to show he’s healthy while building up his arm strength.
Garcia arrived in York last week after having not pitched for two months. So, he’s basically in the same boat as Garceau in terms of building up his arm strength. Garcia, 28, went 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in nine relief appearances and four starts for York last season after joining the club in early August.
Cody: Starter Chris Cody gave up nine earned runs on ten hits in 3.1 innings of work against Camden on Thursday. In his previous start at Sugar Land, he surrendered three earned runs on five hits in five innings of work. His ERA has ballooned to 12.96. But don’t give up on Cody just yet. Looking back on his numbers in 2011, the left-hander began the year with three shaky starts (three earned runs in five innings, two earned runs in six innings, five earned runs in four innings) before turning it around in his next three (he combined to allow just two earned runs over 16.1 innings). So, he may be off to a rough start in 2012, but there’s reason to believe he’ll right the ship.
What to watch this weekend: The Revs host the Bridgeport Bluefish in a three-game series this weekend. Right-hander Omar Javier will get the start on Friday and will likely be relieved by lefty Jesus Sanchez, who was recently moved out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen. Left-hander Yunior Novoa will get the start on Saturday. Why is all this important? Well, the team recently signed former major league starter Shawn Hill. He’ll likely come out of the bullpen on Saturday. But Etch’ eventually wants to use Hill as a starter. The first three spots in the rotation (RHP Corey Thurman, LHP Ryan Feierabend, LHP Chris Cody) are pretty much locked in. And right now it looks like Javier, Novoa and Sanchez are on the bubble. So, their performances this weekend might have an effect on their future with the Revs.