Sunday, August 27, 2006

Miller, Gomez Re-called, Maroth Not Ready

Yesterday, I posted that Mike Maroth would join the rotation this week but today it was learned that his elbow is still a little tender and that he is not ready to return yet:
Though Maroth had said his elbow irritation was only minor and an expected part of strengthening his arm back into shape, manager Jim Leyland was waiting for Maroth to tell him he was ready to start.

After the feeling intensified during a side session Sunday morning, Maroth couldn't tell him in good faith he was good to go.

Taking his place on Wednesday versus the Yankees will be Wil Ledezma. Ledezma will not necessarily stay in the rotation longer than one start but Leyland wants to start a left-hander versus the lefty heavy Yankee line-up.

Taking Ledezma's spot as the second lefty in the bullpen will be recent first round pick Andrew Miller who will be promoted to the majors after just three appearances for the Lakeland Tigers. He had pitched 5 innings allowing 0 runs on just 2 hits and 1 walk with 9 strikeouts. In one other move, Brent Clevlen was sent back down to Erie because Leyland wanted another left-handed bat on the bench. This will also mean that Curtis Granderson will go back to starting every day.

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