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 Post subject: Zach Duke Designated For Assignment
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:55 am 
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Duke, 30, a former starter, struggled in his transition as a reliever, posting a 8.71 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.


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Manager Davey Johnson said he expected Duke and Rodriguez to be picked up by other teams; Duke perhaps as a starter. The Nationals signed Duke to a one-year, $700,000 deal this winter, hoping he could serve as the long left-hander in the bullpen one season after he resurrected his career with the organization in Class AAA Syracuse last year. He struggled and left-handed batters hit .448 off him this season. “His situation was really tough starting to learn how to pitch once every 10 days,” Johnson said. “That’s very difficult.”


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nat ... e-bullpen/

Davey Johnson must be on crack or losing his mind to think someone is going to pick up Duke to be a starter.

Makes Ryan Reid not look so bad now, huh?

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 Post subject: Re: Zach Duke Designated For Assignment
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:13 pm 
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Davey Johnson must be on crack or losing his mind to think someone is going to pick up Duke to be a starter.


Perhaps someone will pick him up as a starter ... numerous years down the road after some impressive seasons pitching for the Hiroshima Carp and a team desperately rolls the dice.

It seems like so much longer than just three years ago that we were still in the era of relying on mediocre pitch-to-contact SPs to anchor the pitching staff and getting results like the 2010, collective 5+ ERA fiasco. Outside of the best of them (Maholm), they either quickly took on relief roles (Gorzelanny, Duke) or are already out of the league (Snell, Ohlendorf, etc.)


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