Ryan Franklin throws simulated game
FRANKLIN THROWS: Ryan Franklin threw 84 pitches to a lineup of big-league hitters, iced his arm, and spoke with the media on Monday.
A typical start, right? No. The stadium was empty, and the batting order consisted of his teammates: Gonzalez, Yuniesky Betancourt, Dave Hansen, Mike Morse, and Jeremy Reed.
As Franklin’s 10-day suspension under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program passed its midpoint, he threw a final simulated game before being activated.
Franklin allowed only two hits during his outing — Hansen had both — and seemed encouraged. He also began developing a rapport with new acquisition Yorvit Torrealba, who caught the session.
Wait, wait, wait. With no fielders behind him, Ryan Franklin only allowed two hits to Dave Hansen? How is that possible? When I initially read that it was an 84-pitch simulated game, my reaction was “He probably only went five simulated innings, and gave up six simulated runs on eight simulated hits, two of them home runs, including a 485-foot simulated blast to center field, striking out two and walking one.”
But really? Two hits?