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The Tigers are already shuffling their bullpen

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The Tigers and bullpen woes go together like peanut butter and jelly. Which makes it pretty handy that their Triple-A affiliate is less than 60 miles down I-75 from Comerica Park. They shuffle their deck of relievers an awful lot in Detroit, and this year’s shuffling has begun, exactly one week into the season.

Today the Tigers optioned righty Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo and purchased the contract of right-hander Joe Jimenez. Rondon has given up six runs over 1.1 innings, which is a cool 40.50 ERA. He’s allowed four hits, walked three and had only one strikeout in three games. Rondon throws hard and hard throwing is all the rage these days, but you still have to, you know, pitch well.

Jimenez is 21. He’s pitched two innings for the Mudhens and has struck out three, allowing no runs. He’s also gonna be tired for this afternoon’s game against the Red Sox as he found out he was being called up when his manager knocked on his hotel door at 5:45 AM.

Pfft. I woke up at 5:45 AM too and you don’t see me flagging. Indeed, I could sit on my couch and do this ALL DAY.

As long as there were snacks and stuff.

Braves senior advisor John Hart Resigns

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Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.

Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.

One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.