Feature Photo: Matt Chapman, 3B, Athletics
Well, Week 11 certainly got off to an unfortunate start in Deb-Land.
After a quiet and peaceful Monday, giving this scribe a little bit of a break after a 14-player Week 10 that ended with a flurry of eight players making debuts over the weekend, Tuesday began with some promise as our first debutante arrived in the majors when Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff joined the club in St. Louis to make his debut as the starting pitcher against the Cardinals.
Instead, Woodruff strained his hamstring during pre-game warmups and landed on the 10-day disabled list without throwing a single pitch in the game. He was replaced on the mound by last-minute starter Brent Suter (who had also been recalled the same day) and quickly thereafter, he was replaced on the Milwaukee 25-man roster by right-hander Paolo Espino who was summoned from Triple-A Colorado Springs (Espino, you may recall, made his own debut less than a month ago).
We are huddling amongst ourselves (that would be me, your humble scribe, with me, your still-humble scribe) to decide whether Woodruff gets to become a “debut-not” since we have yet to have faced this scenario since joining the 2080 team. Other debut-nots have been players who were called up, never got into a game, and were sent back down – not called up and promptly planted on the DL. Maybe we need a new term for players in Woodruff’s situation. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, with both Monday and Tuesday “deb-free zones,” it marked only the fourth time all season that we’ve had two consecutive days/nights pass without a debut.
Overall, seven players made their debuts this week, a virtual vacation after the onslaught (not to be confused with catcher Don Slaught (1982-1997, multiple teams) of 14 players the prior week. Two more players remain “on deck” after having been called up this weekend without getting into a game just yet- Michael Brady (RHRP, Athletics) and Max Povse (RHSP, Mariners), so we’ll be on the lookout!
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