The rotation looks something like this:
Tonight — Eric Hacker
Wednesday — TBA (likely Steven White)
Thursday — George Kontos
Friday — Jason Jones
Saturday — TBA
The assumption right now is that Michael Gardner starting was just a one-time thing, and there will be some form of a replacement pitching on Saturday.
There have been a few names rumored to take the spot: Phil Hughes, Jeff Marquez, Carl Pavano and even Humberto Sanchez.
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes that both Hughes and Pavano will be making rehab appearances for Charleston tonight.
Marquez has long been rumored to be coming to Trenton right around this time of the year.
As for Sanchez, he’s been pitching for the Yankees GCL affiliate, and hasn’t thrown since the 22nd. He also hasn’t thrown more than an inning in his nine outings, so it seems very unlikely that it’ll be him.
If you’re looking for someone to come up from Tampa, three names pop up: Mike Dunn, Ivan Nova and Zach McAllister.
McAllister is the biggest prospect and is putting up the best numbers of the group, but has thrown a lot of innings this season and they may not want to push him any further than they already have.
Hopefully, I’ll have a little more insight as to what’s going on with the start on Saturday after I speak to Tony Franklin and some of the players at the ballpark today…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com