Starter Needed, Apply Within?

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 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


3 Responses to “Starter Needed, Apply Within?”

  1. Scooter Says:

    Mike –
    I asked Chad Jennings about Jeff Marquez – said he’s down in Tampa, and that he was told Marquez would be ready ‘in late July or early August’

    So Marquez must be close. The question is – does he do a few rehab starts? Or does he go right to Scranton?

    (Speaking of rehab, I was a little surprised Horne didn’t do a start in the GCL or in Tampa before his AAA start last night)

  2. pat Says:

    that would be so sick if z mac got the call up to trenton

  3. Guiseppe Franco Says:

    Yeah, I don’t see McAllister making the jump to Trenton until next season.

    He’s been outstanding this season and I think Mike is right about his innings cap.

    He threw 71 IP for SI last year and he’s already at 119 IP for this season.

    I can’t imagine the organization would now promote him to the next level and ride his arm a little harder.

    Nonetheless, he’s opened a lot of eyes this year and will be watched very closely in Trenton next year.

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