Jeremy Guthrie makes rehab start, on track to return Tuesday

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According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Jeremy Guthrie is poised to return from the disabled list after tossing four scoreless innings this afternoon in a minor league rehab start with High-A Modesto.

Guthrie, who landed on the disabled list two weeks ago after spraining his right shoulder in a bicycle accident, allowed only two hits while striking out four and walking just one. Barring any setbacks, the 33-year-old right-hander is expected to rejoin the Rockies’ rotation for a start Tuesday against the Giants.

Guthrie was acquired from the Orioles in in early February in exchange for right-handers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. He had an ugly 5.92 ERA and 5/10 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings over his first four starts prior to the injury. Long way to go, obviously, but that deal is looking pretty good for the Orioles thus far.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.