With the Mariners off to another bad start and seemingly headed for their fourth straight losing season Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that general manager Jack Zduriencik “is running out of time.”
In talking to Rosenthal the GM stressed that patience is required because so much of his effort has involved building up the farm system and those prospects aren’t all ready yet. And he’s right, because the Mariners do have a bunch of high-upside young players nearly ready for the majors, but several supposedly high-upside players who were acquired by Zduriencik have been flops in the majors.
Since hiring Zduriencik as GM in October of 2008 the Mariners are 297-375 (.442), he’s already fired a manager and shaken up the front office, and various attempts at landing a high-profile free agent have failed. It might be that manager Eric Wedge gets fired before Zduriencik, because that’s how things tend to go, but right now the entire organization looks headed for a reboot this offseason.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.