[UPDATE 3:05pm] Marc Topkin says Troy Percival and Scott Kazmir to the DL. No surprises there. Again, keep an eye on Durham’s rotation the next couple of days to see how it is handled. That will tell us who is being called up on Monday to replace Dale Thayer.
[UPDATE 2:30pm] Marc Lancaster is reporting that Reid Brignac and Dale Thayer will be joining Rays tonight. Still no word on who is out, but we assume it would have to be two pitchers. Most likely two of Scott Kazmir, Joe Nelson and Troy Percival. If one is Kazmir, it would mean that Thayer’s stay is only temporary as somebody would be needed to start on Tuesday in Cleveland.
Last night, the Durham Bulls Twitter account made the following posting…
+@#” and *#@+;! just got called up to the bigs.
We have been following this account for a while, and while we don’t know who is behind it, we can tell you that it is most likely somebody in their front office and they are not prone to joking around.
Also consider that the Devil Rays ($31) start interleague play tonight when they travel to Miami. Joe Maddon is currently working with an extra arm in the bullpen after the promotion of Jason Isringhausen. But with no DH, he will most likely prefer an extra bat on the bench.
The obvious choice is either Matt Joyce or Justin Ruggiano. But we have no idea who in the bullpen they would be replacing. The likely candidates are Troy Percival or Joe Nelson, either of whom could be headed to the DL.
The second move is the more interesting one. Might one of the Durham starting pitchers be on their way up to replace Scott Kazmir? Not likely. Why do that move now? Why not wait until Kazmir’s next turn in the rotation. Unless, Kazmir is being replaced with a relief pitcher for the Marlins series (Dale Thayer?), after which somebody else would be promoted to take Kaz’ spot in the rotation.
If Kazmir is dropped from the rotation, for a stint on the DL or in the minors, keep on eye on the Durham rotation the next couple of days, to see if anybody is skipped or limited to a couple of innings. If that happens, that person will be in the rotation next week.