Thursday, December 12, 2013
Portland Sea Dogs right-hander Brock Huntzinger can be dominating at times. And then there are those other times when he's not so effective.
There has been speculation that Huntzinger, 23, would eventually go to the bullpen, much like another fastball/slider pitcher, Alex Wilson, who just became a reliever in Pawtucket.
Huntzinger, 0-4 with a 9.19 ERA this season as a starter, approached the Sea Dogs pitching coach Bob Kipper about going to the bullpen. Kipper, and the Red Sox brass, agreed.
He could come out of relief tonight.
Stolmy Pimentel, just up from extended spring training, where he was recovering from a strained lat muscle, will start tonight. To make room for Pimentel, reliever Michael Lee was released.
Lee, 25, was an 8th-round draft pick in 2008, out of Oklahoma City University. He came into this season with a career 4.70 ERA in the minors. This season, in four relief appearances, Lee had a 7.00 ERA .
Chris Martin, who was scheduled to start tonight, will now pitch Saturday, following Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Heard from a source that Andy Pettitte would start here Monday, for the Trenton Thunder. But nothing is confirmed. Should be a good run on tickets once it is announced.
Here is the Sea Dogs lineup for tonight:
Jeremy Hazelbaker LF, Derrick Gibson SS, Kolbrin Vitek 3B, Juan Carlos Linares CF, Oscar Tejeda DH, Bryce Brentz RF, Reynaldo Rodriguez 1B, Dan Butler C, Heiker Meneses 2B (Stolmy Pimentel P)
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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