Sherrill –> Disabled List, Furbush –> Mariners
After six hits (two of them HRs) and a walk in only ten batters faced, George Sherrill’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow problems. Sherrill’s never been a fireballer, but his average fastball came in at under 86 MPH so far, substantially lower than it was a year ago in Atlanta, and a far cry from the nearly 91mph he averaged in his first go-round with the M’s.
To replace him, the M’s have recalled Charlie Furbush, who’s worked in relief for Tacoma. In 16 batters faced so far, Furbush has K’d six and given up just one hit. He’s only walked two. At this point, I’d expect Furbush to be a big improvement, albeit in a spot that just isn’t that important. Lucas Luetge’s been impressive so far, so Furbush can divide the LOOGY appearances with the Rule 5 kid or he can work in long relief with Erasmo Ramirez.