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The fifth starter will be named tomorrow

Post by Ryan Divish on July 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm with No Comments »
July 21, 2009 2:51 pm

Will it be him?

Ryan Rowland-Smith

or him?

Jason Vargas

or him?

Brandon Morrow

Manager Don Wakamatsu said he plans on announcing the fifth starter to join the rotation tomorrow, perhaps the wait will be to see how Garrett Olson does today because he may also add a fourth starter if Olson struggles again on the mound.

“We’re still talking about the fifth starter, we haven’t made that decision yet,” Wakamatsu said. ” We’ll make that probably by tomorrow. We have some options and maybe give (Erik) Bedard one extra day and maybe go (with fifth starter) on the 24th. We kept talking about the 25th, but we might do it on the 24th.”

I don’t know that it could be Vargas, since he threw on Monday and he would be throwing on really short rest. But if they don’t bump Bedard back and start him on Friday as he’s scheduled, Vargas would slot better for Saturday.

Wakamatsu wasn’t exactly thrilled with Vargas’ outing last night in Tacoma. Here’s my buddy Doug Pacey’s game story about last night, where me mentions a couple bad innings plague Vargas.

Wakamatsu had similar comments about Vargas.

“They weren’t great,” Wakamatsu said of the reports on Vargas. “I think that the command was the biggest issues. You end up having a cuple good innings, and I think the fourth is where he ended up giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Not exactly what we were looking for.”

If they were looking for a Friday starter, Morrow is scheduled to start Friday night for the Rainiers, so that’s a match. But Wakamatsu was far from pleased with Morrow’s last outing.

“The things that we talked about him working on, I didn’t think we accomplished,” Wakamatsu said. “No. 1, he walked the first hitter on four pitches so the command overall was not what we were looking for from him. Second, with his secondary pitches – we talked about going a little bit hard and soft and we didn’t see that also. When he tried to throw his curveball he yanked it out of the zone. Again, we just keep going back and try to reiterate what’s going to make these guys successful at the major league level. “

So that leaves Ryan Rowland-Smith, who’s pitched the best of the three. The problem is his starts don’t slot out well. He’s scheduled to start on Wednesday for the Rainiers. So he would need to be scratched and maybe work a light side session. That possibility seems entirely possible. So we’ll have to make sure and watch to see if RRS is scratched from his start tomorrow.

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