If the Giants aren’t able to finish off an NLDS sweep of the Nationals later this afternoon they’ll use Ryan Vogelgong to start Game 4 rather than turning to Tim Lincecum.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy also announced that Jake Peavy would start Game 5, if needed.
Lincecum is obviously the much bigger name and avoiding starting the former Cy Young winner in a playoff series would have seemed crazy not so long ago, but he had a 4.67 ERA as a starter this season and a combined 4.74 ERA as a starter from 2012-2014.
Vogelsong hasn’t been a whole lot better, but he did post a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts this season to bounce back from a horrendous 2013 campaign and Bochy seems more confident in his ability to avoid a truly disastrous outing against the Nationals.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.