Here’s Lou, last night, after rookies Justin Berg, Andrew Cashner and James Russell combined to allow four runs on six hits:
“I’ll tell you what, these young kids we have here
pitching-wise, they’re getting an opportunity of a lifetime, and none of
them want to step up. You can’t have better opportunities than what
we’re giving these guys.”
And here I was worried that Piniella was going to leave the stage with a whimper. The best part is Koyie Hill coming to the relievers’ defense after Piniella got done. He’s got to live with them after 2010. Piniella doesn’t.
Calling out young bullpen arms is not a shocking thing, of course. What I’d really like to see is Lou get frank about all manner of subjects as he heads out the door. Wouldn’t you love to hear his thoughts about Soriano? Zambrano? Lee?
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.