The Mud Hens are just three days removed from the All-Star Break, but already there are questions surrounding the team's pitching staff. Here are a few answers ... and a few questions that remain unanswered.
- The Mud Hens indicated that RHP Jeremy Bonderman will not be in Toledo's rotation after all. It's interesting to note that Bonderman had been used exclusively as a starter by Seattle (in both Triple-A and the majors), but he will be a reliever for Toledo.
Click here to read about Bonderman's season before he came to the Mud Hens.
- The Mud Hens rotation is in flux if Bonderman isn't a part of it. Sunday's starter will be LHP Ramon Garcia, who originally was slated to start Monday in the first game of a series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The starter for that game has not been determined.
The rest of the rotation includes LHP Kyle Lobstein, who will start Tuesday; RHP Jon Link, who will start Wednesday; and LHP Jose Alvarez, who started Saturday and is scheduled to start Thursday.
UPDATED SUNDAY, JULY 21: The Mud Hens announced that LHP Blaine Hardy will start Monday's game at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He made a spot start Sunday, July 14 at Louisville -- the last game before the All-Star Break -- but has not pitched since. For the season with Toledo, Hardy is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA.
- The Mud Hens have added LHP Kenny Faulk to the bullpen. Faulk was 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA before going on the disabled list at the end of May with a hand injury.
It turns out the hand injury came after a frustrating outing in Charlotte on May 28. Faulk lasted just one hitting and gave up six walks that turned into six runs, three of which were earned. After his effort Faulk is said to have punched a wall in frustration -- and broke his hand.
- There is conflicting information regarding RHP Brayan Villarreal, who went on the disabled list with a thumb injury.
Villarreal suffered the injury when he slipped in a shower in Louisville, lost his balance, and injured his thumb.
According to Hens sources, the injury is a right thumb sprain. According to the Tigers, the injury is more severe than a sprain, and may take more than the 2-to-4 weeks that normally accompany a sprain.