Purgatory Online

Friday, September 12, 2003

Interesting little featurette on Derrick Turnbow at the Angels' official site today. You may recall Turnbow as the Rule V draft pick who sat on the Angels' 25-man roster for an entire year during the 2000 season (because that's the way Rule V picks work; you have to keep them on your big club for an entire year before you can designate them for assignment), during which he pitched 38 mostly meaningless innings. Turnbow is now out of options, meaning that he has to make the team out of spring training next year or be traded, released, or put on the waiver wire. So far, Turnbow's relief work with the Angels has been pretty solid - since being called up, he's given up two hits and no earned runs in six innings, while facing a pretty even mix of lefties and righties. Of course, six innings is way too shallow a pool to go diving for pearls in, but one statistic does raise my eyebrows - zero walks. For a guy who throws 98 mph, that bears watching.

Meanwhile, as Scot Shields continues to worsen with each passing start, Bill Stoneman has confirmed that acquiring a starting pitcher will be a priority in the offseason.