Saturday starter = ? (though Ginter looks likely)

It had been speculated that veteran Jeff Weaver would be the Indians’ starter Saturday against the Rays, but that won’t be the case. Weaver has pitched in a game since June 11, when he was cut by the Brewers after putting up underwhelming numbers at Triple-A Nashville. And the Indians want him to get some outings under his belt before he’s considered as a depth option.

It won’t be left-hander Dave Huff, either. Huff, the 39th overall pick in the 2006 Draft, dominated at Double-A Akron earlier this year and has pitched well at Buffalo. The Indians basically don’t feel he’s ready, and they don’t want to rush him. Especially considering his innings must be closely monitored this year.

So who’s it going to be? Right-handers Matt Ginter (6-6, 4.27) and Dan Reichert (1-3, 4.40) and left-hander John Halama (4-2, 5.66) are the other options at Buffalo. It will be one of those guys.

The Indians won’t pull another one of those deals where they use a bunch of relievers, as they did in Texas last month.

UPDATE: Ginter was pulled after three scoreless innings in the first game of Buffalo’s doubleheader with Syracuse today. I’d say he’s the guy. 

Oh, and newly acquired lefty Zach Jackson pitched two innings of relief and got the win in that game.  

3 Comments

They pulled Ginter after 3 innings tonight in Buffalo…

Cleveland is keeping Ginter’s pitch count down so he’s ready to contribute once they call him up. Let’s hope they make the right decision here.

Wasn’t Slocum a starter in Buffalo? Maybe he’s a better starter than a reliever and for that weekend outing, put him back where he’s spent the majority of the season? Sorry, trying to use some common sense again.
Watching Brian last night reminded me of the ill-fated Fausto-as-a-reliever era.

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