It was announced Saturday that the Brewers were shutting down Matt Garza and his 5.63 ERA for the remainder of the 2015 season. The right-hander got hammered for five runs on seven hits and four walks in the first half of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon against the Reds and Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after the game that he “wanted to look at other options” in his rotation down the stretch.
Fair enough, but now comes word from MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy that the Brewers asked Garza to pitch out of the bullpen for the final three weeks of the regular season and he flat out refused.
That doesn’t seem to be sitting well with Milwaukee’s higher-ups: “We’re just moving forward,” Counsell told MLB.com before Sunday’s series finale against the Reds. “We’ve got a game today. We’re getting ready for that game. That’s how I’m moving forward with it.”
The Brewers have to operate carefully here because Garza is signed through 2017 and still owed more than $25 million, but they have a right to be upset. The 31-year-old is making $12.5 million this season and hasn’t been good enough to hold his rotation spot. He should probably pitch in long relief if the team wants him to pitch in long relief.
David Ortiz went way yard off Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff in the bottom of the first inning Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park to give the Red Sox an early 2-0 lead.
It was the 497th home run of Big Papi’s career and his 200th home run at Fenway Park. The only other players who have hit 200 home runs at Fenway: Ted Williams (248), Carl Yastrzemski (237), and Jim Rice (208).
Watch as Ortiz achieves another milestone …
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been on the disabled list since August 8 with a right biceps strain and he missed 13 months before that following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
But we haven’t seen the last of the 23-year-old right-hander for 2015.
Marlins manager Dan Jennings told Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Fernandez has looked sharp in his latest bullpen sessions and is lined up to return to the starting rotation between September 12 and 17. “I think that’s realistic,” said Jennings. “That probably gives him a chance to have three to four starts. It gives him and all of us, us peace of mind going into the offseason.”
Fernandez has a 2.30 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings (seven starts) this year for the Fish. He holds a 2.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 310 strikeouts in 267 1/3 total major league frames.