Another look at Lewis; Reyes skipped

Eric Wedge — somewhat controversially — didn’t bring Scott Lewis out for the ninth inning Wednesday night, but he is bringing the young lefty out for another start.

The Indians are going to skip Anthony Reyes again on Monday. He felt fine after his bullpen session yesterday, but the Tribe is going to err on the side of caution here and give the ball to Lewis against the Twins.

Wedge said he expects Reyes to be ready to rejoin the rotation Sept. 20, but that’s not set in stone. He’ll throw another bullpen early next week.

As for Lewis, only four other Indians pitchers have tossed more innings in their big-league debut. They were Ron Taylor (11 innings, 1962), Jim Kern (nine innings, 1974), Luis Tiant (nine innings, 1964) and Mudcat Grant (nine innings, 1958).

Lewis’ outing was the second-longest debut start since 1956 without giving up a run. The longest was Tiant’s, as he turned in a complete-game shutout in his debut. 

3 Comments

Good move all around, I think.

Agreed, no use risking anything with Reyes at this point. Are we figuring 2 or 3 more starts for Lee?

Yes, a win-win situation. I actually thought, after Lewis’s 1st perfect inning yesterday: If he pitches a complete game shutout or something, I don’t see how they can’t give him another start. The only question was whether Reyes gets another turn, or they flip Jackson out. Seemed like Reyes made more sense, since he could use the rest anyway with his elbow.
I didn’t actually think he’d do as well as he did, I was just using a CG shutout as an “extreme” example — but there you go, he nearly did exactly that.

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