— Following the game, relief pitcher Amauri Sanit was promoted to Triple-A Scranton. Grant Duff was called up from Tampa to take his place on the roster.
In 21 appearances, Sanit was 1-2 with ten saves and a 2.95 ERA. The Eastern League was hitting just .186 against him, which was a team best among active players.
Duff was 0-1 with one save and a 3.82 ERA in 24 appearances for Tampa. In his fifth professional season, the 26-year-old righty was primarily used as a starter until the 2008 season.
— Jose Molina finished his rehab assignment with the Thunder having gone 0-for-7 with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit by pitch.
“I feel good,” Molina said after the game.
“I ran, I did what they asked me to do. That’s it. Now I have to go up there and do my job.”
Not so fast, Jose. It isn’t necessarily a foregone conclusion that Francisco Cervelli’s getting sent down, and that’s something he seems to be aware of.
“I’m finished here, so I’m going (to Minnesota) or I guess I’m out,” Molina said.
Thunder manager Tony Franklin thinks that the Yankees have got a tough choice on their hands.
“It’s going to be a difficult decision, I have no idea what they’re going to do,” Franklin said.
“You’ve got a veteran catcher who’s been in the big leagues and knows that pitching staff very, very well. And you’ve got a young guy who’s up and coming and everybody’s raving about him right now. I don’t know what I would do in this situation. But I’ll tell you this, I don’t think you lose with whatever decision you make.”
— Molina did purchase a spread from Famous Dave’s BBQ for the players tonight. Sadly, he did not do this for media. And no, players never do that for us. That’s a joke. But purchasing a “big meal” for the players is tradition for a rehabbing big leaguer.
— Tony Franklin will not be managing the Thunder on Thursday afternoon. With both a wedding to attend and the Futures Game on his plate, Jody Reed will be taking over the club.
— This marked the fifth straight day that Marcos Vechionacci wasn’t in the lineup. Vechionacci and Franklin had a meeting several days ago to discuss the matter.
“When you’re not producing in this game, maybe you don’t play every day,” Vechionacci said.
“It’s hard. Before, I was switch hitting. This year, I’m hitting only righty. I used to always use my lefty swing for righty pitchers, and right now it’s only (the right side.) I just need to work harder in that situation.”
I asked Vechionacci why he no longer switch hits…
“The people on this team think my righty swing is better for lefties, so I’m only going to hit righty right now.”
Tony Franklin offered his opinion as to why Vechionacci isn’t in the lineup as well…
“He’s very frustrated, and he should be,” Franklin said.
“You have to realize that you’re not hitting very well right now, and I told him exactly that. This is a performance based business, and they all need to know that out there. We don’t just give you innings because you show up, you’ve got to earn those innings. Maybe something as substantial as missing playing time will get him back on track.”
— Getting to the game, the Thunder again went through the motions in a listless 2-1 loss.
“We were not very good,” Franklin said.
“I try to be inspirational and bring a positive message to them every night. I did again tonight. But the fact of the matter is, we’ve got to be better than what we were. We’re leaving guys in scoring position or at third base with less than two outs, and that’s unacceptable.”
— Kanekoa Texeira was about as good as you can be through four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. But he told us after the game that he got tired in the fifth, which is hardly surprising considering that he’s never really been used this way before.
“I threw 58 pitches, and it felt like I threw 100,” Texeira said.
“I’m surprised, my body’s holding up pretty good. I’ve just got to keep praying that it doesn’t break down as the year goes by.”
— Don’t forget to check out Jared Smith’s Thundercast for all the…ummm, highlights of tonight’s game.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com