Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hughes Recalled

Well, Clint  Hurdle has spent the past couple of weeks saying how nice it would be to have a pair of lefties in the bullpen. But given the option, the Bucs recalled RHP Jared Hughes to take the place of Evan Meek.

Hughes broke camp with the club, but was sent down ten days ago to clear a spot for AJ Burnett, and today was the first day he was eligible to return. In six games this season, he worked 9-1/3 frames, giving up five runs (two earned) on ten hits and four walks with 4 K and a 1.83 ERA. His WHIP is 1.448, and he's a middle inning guy. His career splits are .214 vs righties and .270 vs southpaws.

Doug Slaten, a veteran lefty, was pitching well at Indy. He has parts of six seasons in the show with Arizona and the Nats, with a 3.60 MLB ERA. Slaten had a win and couple of saves at Indy with a 0.69 ERA and .692 WHIP. But he's not on the 40-man roster, and it could be that the FO just wasn't into juggling it this early in the year.

Danny Moskos was another candidate. The southpaw had a solid if unspectacular spring, and a 3.68 ERA at Indy, with a walk per inning being his major concern. He appeared 32 times for Pittsburgh in 2011 with a 2.96 ERA, but a WHIP of 1.562 and just 11 K's in 24 IP.

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