Buck on Duchscherer
Manager Buck Showalter seemed pleased with the performance of veteran pitcher Justin Duchscherer, who was making his Grapefruit League debut against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
"He had a little anxiety,'' Showalter said. "It was his first time out in 10 months. ... Each time, he'll let it go more. Each time out, he'll get a little more comfortable with it. We'll see how he is tomorrow. See how his side session goes and see if he can go three innings next time."
Showalter was happy to see Brian Matusz back on the mound just days after he underwent laser surgery to treat a wart on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
"It was good to get [Matusz] back out there. He was a little hairy with his pitch count. ... We're fortunate that he got that done and didn't miss a start."
Well, technically, he did miss a start since he came in after Duchscherer, but Showalter has paired up starting pitchers in each slot and considers both of them starters.
The only other subject, aside from the update about which hand specialist examined Derrek Lee's wrist today, was the performance of Rule 5 draft pick Adrian Rosario. The ninth inning didn't go well, and Showalter didn't hide the fact that it will be almost impossible to consider keeping Rosario on the major league roster. If a Rule 5 draftee does not make the club, he must be waived through the rest of the major leagues and offered back to his original club -- in this case, the Milwaukee Brewers.
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