Tigers reliever Daniel Schlereth was pretty damn ineffective in the early going, so the Tigers sent him down. Then when he got down to Toledo, lo and behold, he had to go to the disabled list. This was news to Jim Leyland, who sounds a bit miffed:
“Did I have any suspicion? Absolutely none. To my knowledge, he hasn’t been on one (injury) report all spring … The one thing I learned a long time ago, if somebody tells you they’re hurt, they’re hurt. Don’t ever question it. But the only problem with this situation is, he never told anyone he was hurt up here …
“I suppose some guys want to stay in the big leagues, so they try to get through some stuff. … But the first time, to my knowledge, that anybody at the major league level heard anything about Schlereth (being hurt), was after he went down to Toledo. So that’s Schlereth’s fault.”
Leyland backed off a bit and said that he sort of admired Schlereth for trying to suck it up and play through, but man, his doing so cost the Tigers a lot of runs. One has to wonder if Leyland really admires that and if Schlereth is going to see much if any time in the big league pen once he’s healthy.
(thanks to Allison for the link)
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.