In today’s Enquirer:
On Ruhle’s first task:
Job 1 for new Reds pitching coach Vern Ruhle has to be to get Eric Milton, the club’s $25.5 million left-hander, back to being an effective pitcher.
So what is Ruhle’s plan? Let Milton fix himself.
“For the most part, he’s going to be self-coached,” Ruhle said. “There are no major adjustments to be made.”
I can understand Ruhle not wanting to jump right in because he doesn’t know these pitchers, but to say that there are no major adjustments that need to be made is ludicrous.
On Kevin Kelly going on the DL:
The most obvious move would be to promote Austin Kearns from Triple-A Louisville, because the designated hitter is available for the Cleveland series.
Kearns is hitting .346 with three RBI for the Bats in seven games since he was optioned to Louisville.
“I haven’t heard anything. I’m still here in Charlotte,” Kearns said.
He said he didn’t expect to be called up.
“If they want me to get at-bats, they’re probably not going to do it, because I would play three games and take a seat.”
General manager Dan O’Brien said no decision had been made on who will get the call. But he said Kearns was merely being given a day off for the Bats. (Kearns didn’t play on Wednesday.)
Outfielder Jason Romano, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored three runs as the Bats beat Charlotte 7-4 Wednesday, is a possibility.
If they would ever call up Romano over Kearns, that would be the height of insanity, IMO.
The clock is ticking on shortstop Anderson Machado’s rehab assignment at Louisville. Anderson is 12 days through the assignment, which has a 20-day limit, and he has not begun to hit.
Through Tuesday, Machado had one single in 28 at-bats (.036).
When the 30 days are up, Machado will force a decision because he’s out of options.
Bergolla, we hardly knew ye. Machado is another of O’Brien’s boys…here he comes.