Cueto/Owings, Phillips scratched
After he gave up seven earned runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings vs. the Nationals on Saturday, pitcher Johnny Cueto has run his record to 0-6 with a 10.64 ERA over his last eight starts.
Don’t be surprised if Cueto is moved out of the rotation and Micah Owings is moved back in when he comes off of the disabled list. It just so happens that Owings also pitched on Saturday so the turns line up perfectly. In his latest rehab assignment outing for Triple-A Louisville, Owings pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits, five walks and three strikeouts. Owings threw 93 pitches, 52 for strikes.
“His pitch count was up,” manager Dusty Baker said of Owings. “I hoped he could go a little further than five innings. If there’s one area you’d like him to improve on is the walks and consistent location, which would diminish the pitch count and add to innings.
“We’ll see. I have to talk to Walt [Jocketty] and Dickie [Pole] and our people down there to see what exactly we’re going to do and need to do. Sometimes what you want to do and need to do are two different things.”
Cueto is 8-10 with a 4.61 ERA in 24 starts and he has 136 2/3 innings pitched. But he also pitched in winter ball and the World Baseball Classic. He threw 174 innings in 2008 during his rookie season. There was concern before the season that he could run out of gas.
“His velocity is decent but sometimes when you’re tired, you can maintain your velocity but lose control and command,” Baker said.
2B Brandon Phillips was scratched because his left hand was sore after being hit by a pitch Saturday night. X-rays were negative.
3B Scott Rolen was to take batting practice with the team in the indoor cage. It will be his first BP since he went on the DL with a concussion. Rolen hit some soft tosses in the cage on Saturday.
Rolen is definitely getting the itch to play after several days of inactivity.
“Oh yeah. I’m a guy that mows his lawn to relax,” Rolen said. He is eligible to return on Aug. 23.
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