When you start your season this crappy, heads must roll. Not important heads; minor heads. Heads you won’t necessarily miss.
Yoervis Medina has been sent down to Tacoma, as has Tyler Olson. Medina doesn’t strike me as being all that different than his last two seasons in the Majors, maybe a small uptick in wildness. He’s got 7 walks to 9 strikeouts, so there’s probably your culprit considering his 3.00 ERA. Honestly, I wouldn’t expect him to be gone for too long, as he’ll probably be the first one called up in the event of another injury to a bullpen arm.
Olson’s demotion makes a little more sense. He has been wildly ineffective since making the club out of Spring Training. Considering he’s yet to play any games in AAA, it would make some sense to keep him working regularly while at the same time taking some of the pressure off of his plate.
In their place, Joe Beimel and Mark Lowe return to the ballclub. With Beimel, I suppose we’re hoping to catch lightning in a bottle twice. With Lowe, I have no idea. His fastball is a shell of its former self, so he better have good control and he better have a decent out-pitch. He’s given up 1 run in 9 innings (with 11 strikeouts) down in Tacoma, so at least that’s a good sign.
On the offensive side, Austin Jackson goes on the DL with an ankle sprain. We’re all hopeful that he won’t be out too long. In his place, Justin Ruggiano will get the bulk of the starts in center, so at least we’ll get a nice extended look at what he has to offer. Let’s hope it’s something in the way of quality at bats, because things are looking ugly.
Chris Taylor gets the call up, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, except I guess it means he’s the starting short stop for now, while Brad Miller gets to play that “rover” we all anticipated would be a possibility. I don’t totally know what that’s going to entail. It’s not like you’re going to sit Seager or Cano all that often. Doesn’t make much sense to play him at first base, since LoMo is also a lefty (and he’s also starting to heat up finally). The only other place for him is in the outfield, which means we have to get him ready to play Major League outfield by giving him practice reps before games. That sounds … frightening. Then again, can he be any worse than Weeks?
I don’t see a lot in the way of improvement with this roster shakeup, but sometimes a shakeup for the sake of making a shakeup is exactly what a team needs. What does that even mean? I have no idea either. The world doesn’t exactly make a whole lotta sense when the Astros are 7 games up in first place.