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After giving up 11 runs last night, Ryan Rowland-Smith placed on DL rather than waiver wire

Jul 28, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

Last night Ryan Rowland-Smith became the eighth pitcher to allow double-digit earned runs in a game this season, coughing up 11 runs in a blowout loss to the White Sox.
Rowland-Smith was down 4-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two innings, and 8-0 after three innings, yet the Mariners left him out there to complete five frames in an effort to save the bullpen. And now Rowland-Smith has been placed on the disabled list with a “lower back strain.”
After the ugly outing manager Don Wakamatsu said he’d have to talk to general manager Jack Zduriencik to “make a decision” regarding Rowland-Smith’s future, because at 1-10 with a 6.96 ERA he certainly didn’t deserve to remain in the Mariners’ rotation and the 27-year-old left-hander is out of minor-league options.
Sending him to the DL is a way to avoid potentially losing him on waivers, at least temporarily, and even with his horrendous work this season Rowland-Smith still has a 4.56 ERA in 352 career innings. Like me, Rob Neyer of ESPN.com wonders about the validity of the injury given the timing of the whole thing.

  1. MikeM - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Don’t nitpick the poor M’s. Their team stinks so bad they should be allowed to cheat a little bit.

  2. BC - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    He has a lower back strain from having to turn around all the time watching the bombs he gives up.

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