Purgatory Online

Monday, April 04, 2005

Kelvim Escobar will join Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy on the DL to start the season, but appears to be recovering quickly from the right elbow soreness that landed him there. It's a little infuriating, however, to read something like this in the article:
Escobar, who could begin throwing again in a few days, might miss only one start because the Angels will not need a fifth starter again until April 19.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but use your freaking heads, guys. Escobar isn't a traditional fifth starter - it's not like they were planning on skipping him in the rotation whenever they had an off day. Had Escobar not been placed on the DL, he would have started on April 9 versus Kansas City, and then again five games later, April 15 at Oakland. The Angels don't technically need a fifth starter between the 9th and the 19th, but Escobar sure as hell will miss more than one start.

Update: As Halofan points out, Escobar is eligible to return from the DL on the 15th, so theoretically he could pitch on that date and only miss one start. But I doubt the Times people were contemplating that when they wrote that paragraph, or else why mention the April 19 date at all?