Gushing is so unbecoming, unless you know, they're gushing about you. Then a modest amount is permitted, or required.
"His 'pen the other day was just ridiculous," Mattingly said. "A guy who hadn't thrown in 12 days throws the ball wherever he wants."
You look marvelous!
It hardly sounded like Mattingly felt Ryu would need a rehab start before coming off the disabled list (sore shoulder) to rejoin the rotation. Friday's simulated game would put him on track for a start Wednesday.
Monday's an off day, so the Dodgers have options, but it seems clear Ryu will join the rotation next week and Maholm will be moved to the bullpen. Which, naturally, means a reliever has to go.
This is the game within the game teams play all season. Unless someone is injured and goes on the DL — conveniently or otherwise — an uncomfortable call is going to have to be made.
The reliever with the worst numbers remains
The only reliever with options left is
These things remain in flux all season, so optioning Withrow doesn't mean he would not be back shortly. Which is a long ways from a guarantee.
It was equally difficult to imagine left-hander Paco Rodriguez being sent down, and although he was not sharp while with the Dodgers this season (6.43 ERA, 1.86 WHIP), he hasn't show many signs of turning it around with triple-A Albuquerque (6.00 ERA, 1.83 WHIP).