Tag:Jack Taschner
Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: June 28, 2010 12:35 pm
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Dodgers bullpen struggling


Jonathan Broxton The Dodgers will win or lose the National League West on the strength of its bullpen, the Los Angeles Times ' Bill Shaikin writes .

During the Dodgers' series with the Yankees, manager Joe Torre seemed only to trust closer Jonathan Broxton out of the bullpen. It led to victory on Saturday, but defeat and the loss of a four-run lead on Sunday.

Writes Shaikin, the Dodgers have two reliable starters and three reliable relievers: Broxton, Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo.

Broxton leads the Dodgers' bullpen in innings, one of just three closers in the big leagues to do so. Broxton has allowed seven earned runs in 33 2/3 innings -- four of those on Sunday -- and has 16 saves, as well as a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Shaikin says it's uncertain whether the uncertain Dodgers ownership will open its pocketbooks (or prospect cache) for middle relief help. The problem is middle relief is one of the toughest commodities to evaluate and acquire. Add to the inherent difficulties with a weak available class makes it a tough fix, even for a team with deep pockets and prospect coffers.

"Pitching is the only way we're going to do something special," Torre told the Times . However, the Dodgers hardly have a special staff and odds are against them striking gold in the trade market.

UPDATE: Recently designated Pirates left-hander Jack Taschner has been signed by the team to a minor-league contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Pirates' Lincoln to debut tonight


There is going to be another big pitching debut at Nationals Park tonight, this time with the spotlight on the visitors.

The day after Stephen Strasburg's much-hyped first start, the Pirates called up former first round pick Brad Lincoln and plan to start him against the Nationals tonight. The right-hander (who bats lefty) was the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft out of the University of Houston.

Lincoln, 25, was 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis, and his promotion was just a matter of time. His turn in the rotation in Indianapolis was supposed to be Tuesday, and for a while it looked like he would be pitted against Strasburg, but the Pirates elected to avoid a situation in which their prospect would have been an afterthought. (The Pirates, of course, deny that was the reason, but who could blame them?)

The Pirates' rotation can certainly use a boost -- Pittsburgh's starters have a collective 5.77 ERA, worst in the majors by more than half a run.

The Pirates are also expected to promote outfielder Jose Tabata. They cleared two roster spots after Tuesday night's game by optioning first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A and designating reliever Jack Taschner for assignment.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Tabata promotion now official

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Another debut in D.C.


After watching rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg beat them, the Pirates made way for their own top pitching prospect, Brad Lincoln. After Tuesday's game against the Nationals, the Pirates optioned first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A Indianapolis and reliever Jack Taschner was designated for assignment.

With the two roster spots, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempful speculates the Pirates could bring up another one of their top prospects, outfielder Jose Tabata. Tabata is hitting .309 with eight home runs and 18 RBI and 23 stolen bases for Indianapolis.

Lincoln was the No. 4 pick in the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston. Lincoln had Tommy John surgery in 2007. This season, he's gone 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 11 starts for Indianapolis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

 
 
 
 
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