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Jason Lane returns to the major leagues as a reliever

Jun 3, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

The last time Jason Lane appeared in a major league game was October 1, 2007, as a backup outfielder for the Padres. Now he’s back in San Diego, almost seven years later, as a lefty reliever …

The 37-year-old had a 4.36 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 28/14 K/BB ratio in 64 innings at Triple-A El Paso, so this might not be a very long stay. But it’s quite an accomplishment that he was able to make the conversion at all, and that it took him nearly seven whole years to pull it off makes the story all the more intriguing.

Lane posted an .815 OPS, 26 homers, and 78 RBI in 145 games for the 2005 Astros team that advanced to the World Series. But his numbers fell off significantly in 2006 and then completely cratered in 2007.

  1. hep3 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    There is hope for Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross as pitchers.

  2. jerze2387 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    I’ll be curious to see if he pinch hits. Always been intrigued by the pitcher/ hitter hybrid potential like lane, owings, ankiel, apparently franceour, etc. in the days of 12 man pitching staffs, it could lead to some flexibility.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Definitely has value as a PH. Congrats on making it back at a completely different position.

  4. musketmaniac - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    In this time of crises. I think it’s time for The President to give Baseball a band aid.

  5. icanspeel - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    He had about as an impressive as a debut as one could have as a reliever. Pitched to 10 batters, got them all out and struck out 3 of them.

  6. musketmaniac - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    He did impress last night

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