We all know by now that John Danks will miss his regular start tonight because of a blister and subsequent circulatory problems. The hope is that it’s not serious and he’ll be ready for his next turn.
To the rescue is 26-year-old righthander Carlos Torres. He has virtually come out of nowhere to lead the International League with a 2.20 ERA and to rank second in K’s (96) along with eight wins and a nod to pitch in the AAA All-Star Game. The 2004 15th round pick out of Kansas State was promoted yesterday from Charlotte, replacing Aaron Poreda on the 25-man roster.
Truth is, after last night’s blown opportunity to take two in a row from the Rays, we need Mr. Torres to pitch well tonight and give us a chance to win. He doesn’t have to do a Roy Halladay imitation, he just has to do well enough to give the offense and a rested bullpen the chance to redeem themselves.
Note of the Day: Another three-hit game for Gordon “The Natural” Beckham. His average is up to .304 despite the disappointing start. Rookie of the Year?