Top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz was dealt from the Indians to the Rockies in late July as part of a package for Ubaldo Jimenez, but Pomeranz was drafted just last year and didn’t sign until the August 15 deadline so he wasn’t allowed to join an affiliate in the Rockies’ system until last week.
Pomeranz made his debut at Double-A Tulsa this past Wednesday, and took a perfect game into the seventh inning before allowing two hits. He struck out four and did not issue a walk, needing only 78 pitches in the impressive seven-inning start.
It was a sparkling first impression, but it will also go down as the left-hander’s final appearance of the 2011 season.
According to David Heck of MiLB.com, Pomeranz underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday night after showing up to the ballpark in Tulsa with pain in his abdomen. The recovery time for such a procedure only takes about 10 days, but the minor league schedule will be finished by the time the Rockies would feel comfortable with letting the organization’s new top arm back on a mound.
Pomeranz, 22, wound up posting a 1.84 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 116/38 K/BB ratio in 98 innings this season.
Here are the Rangers and Blue Jays lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS in Toronto:
CF Delino DeShields
RF Shin-Soo Choo
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Prince Fielder
1B Mike Napoli
LF Josh Hamilton
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Rougned Odor
C Robinson Chirinos
SP Yovani Gallardo
With left-hander David Price on the mound for Toronto the Rangers are going with Mike Napoli at first base over Mitch Moreland. Beyond that it’s a pretty standard lineup for Texas, or at least standard for what manager Jeff Banister used down the stretch once Josh Hamilton was healthy enough to play left field.
LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Justin Smoak
C Russell Martin
2B Ryan Goins
CF Kevin Pillar
SP David Price
After returning from the disabled list for the final weekend of the regular season Troy Tulowitzki is in the lineup and batting fifth. That allows Ryan Goins to play second base in place of the injured Devon Travis. Justin Smoak gets the nod over Chris Colabello at first base against a right-hander.
Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio. Qualls was on the Astros’ last playoff team in 2005.
Utility man Jonathan Villar has been bumped off the roster in favor of outfielder Preston Tucker, as the Astros opted for a good left-handed bat off the bench versus the Royals rather than Villar’s speed.