With the White Sox losing in a rout to the Yankees last night, Adam LaRoche got a chance to pitch for the first time in his major league career. And he was pretty good too, retiring the side in order.
You can watch the video here, which isn’t embeddable for some reason. LaRoche needed just 12 pitches to get through the frame. He got Stephen Drew on a pop up and John Ryan Murphy on a ground out before striking out Brendan Ryan swinging.
The Ryan at-bat was especially entertaining, as LaRoche tried to throw a “LaLob” pitch (hat-tip to Mike Ferrin for the video) in honor of his dad, former major league left-hander Dave LaRoche. It didn’t make it to the plate. However, he recovered and threw an 85 mph fastball past Ryan for the strikeout. Even Ryan had to smile through it all.
Oh, and by the way, LaRoche also had four hits. Quite a night for him.
Brendan Ryan is off the disabled list and back on the Yankees’ active roster after missing the first two-plus months of the season with a strained calf muscle.
Ryan remains an excellent defensive infielder and could potentially steal some playing time from struggling shortstop Didi Gregorius, but he’s hit .167, .197, and .194 in the past three seasons and hasn’t topped a .650 OPS since 2009.
Gregorius has hit .260 versus righties compared to .181 versus lefties, so manager Joe Girardi could form a quasi-platoon platoon at shortstop.
From the official Twitter account of the Houston Astros …
Petit hit .278/.300/.423 with eight doubles and two home runs in 100 plate appearances last season for the Astros. He wasn’t going to make their Opening Day roster out of spring training, but the versatile 30-year-old infielder could be of immediate use to the Yankees, who just lost defensive whiz Brendan Ryan to a right calf strain. Petit has appeared in 27 games at shortstop, 16 games at second base, and 12 games at third base in parts of three major league seasons. He was signed out of Venezuela by the Athletics back in 2001.