Rich Dubee has said that the race for the 5th starter spot is officially underway. Since he has proclaimed it underway both Park and Happ have had impressiver starts. Today marked Carrasco’s first official start with the race going on and it could have went just a little bit better. Carrasco pitched 2 innings giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits in a 7-2 loss to the Braves. According to Todd Zolecki Carrasco was shying away from his fastball and it was clocking around 90-91 mph. Dubee noticed this and gave Carrasco a visit on the mound and called him out on it. Carrasco’s next pitch was a fastball that clocked at 95 mph.
Carrasco began this spring being looked at as a long shot to make the rotation since he is only 21 years old and it wouldn’t be so bad for him to start the season in AAA and see if he can continue the success he had in abreif stint there last year.
More on Ruiz’s injury inside…
In other news Todd caught up with Will Gonzalez who said Chooch is fine and will play in Panama’s next WBC game.
Ruiz told Will Gonzalez, who is covering the WBC for MLB.com: “I feel good. I feel a little sore but I can play.” Ruiz also said he had no regrets about playing in the WBC: “I had to come. The President of Panama called me, and my mom wanted me to do it for our country.”
This is definitely good news considering Coste is already ailing and has only 1 AB this spring and neither Marson or Paulino have necessarily impressed thus far.