"If I've told you once, I've told you 1,000 times… Poise counts!"
If this blog reads a little dumber today (not sure that’s even possible), then I place the blame on the episode of “American Idol” that I was subjected to last night. When the hour was over, I felt like I needed to read a high school biology textbook just to get back to some semblance of mental stimulation.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Jhonny Peralta isn’t thrilled with the prospect of bouncing back and forth between third and short. “It’s not frustrating,” he said, “but I’d like to be at one position, instead of moving all the time.” When I asked him what he thinks of playing third tonight, he responded, “What do you think?” I think Jhonny’s upset.
- Still, this is a move you had to see coming at some point this season, and Eric Wedge said to get used to it. “This is something I think we’ll see more of,” he said.
- RHP Vinnie Chulk, designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Columbus.
- Wedge said Hector Rondon will work out of the Akron bullpen again Friday night. He said that even if Rondon had remained in the Akron rotation, he would not have been a candidate for Sunday’s spot start. “Obviously, we see him as a starter [long-term],” Wedge said. “But for him to be an option for us [this year], the best way could be out of the bullpen. We want to take some time and see if he is an option.”
- An option that might be a little closer is right-hander Steven Wright, who, you’ll remember, was moved from the Akron rotation to the bullpen earlier this month. Wright was promoted to Columbus today after giving up just one run on seven hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in four relief appearances for Akron. Wright was a second-round Draft pick out of Hawaii in 2006.
- The bullpen has been better lately, posting a 1.59 ERA over the last six games.
- Right-hander Joey Mahalic has been promoted from Class A Lake County to Kinston after going 0-1 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts.
- OF Nick Weglarz got off to a horrid start for Akron this season, but he’s come on strong this month. He is batting .448 with a .541 on-base percentage and a .793 slugging percentage in May, driving in 14 of Akron’s 48 runs in the month.
- Trevor Crowe is just 4-for-29 since his demotion to Columbus.