2007 Reds / Reds - General

Phil Dumatrait to start on Thursday

We discussed it last night, and I’m surprised to report that Phil Dumatrait will make his major league debut on Thursday against the Nationals. I figured it would be Elizardo Ramirez, since they just recalled him from Louisville.

UPDATE — Dumatrait is appropriately excited:

“I don’t even know what to say. I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was 5 years old. To have the opportunity, it’s just unbelievable. It’s so overwhelming. I don’t know what to say.”

“I’ve gone out and I feel like, so far this season, I’ve thrown the ball pretty well. To be given this opportunity is unreal. I figure if I kept throwing the ball well that I’d get my opportunity sometime.”

“I’m probably going to have around 18 people fly from Bakersfield, Calif. (his hometown) for my debut. I actually think they’ve already started looking for flights.”

14 thoughts on “Phil Dumatrait to start on Thursday

  1. Congratulations to him. Conditions for a major-league debut are favorable (opponent with weak offense, in a pitcher’s park). I hope he does spectacularly well.

  2. Time to find out if he’ll wet his pants. I think it’s important that neither of the lefties in the rotation take away starts from Bailey or the Lizard. (Soft tossing) lefties are much easier to predict so they don’t need as long of a look. Unless we dip our toes in the free agent pool this winter, our #4 and 5 starters will come from these auditions.

  3. I think RFK is where EZ made his first start of the 2006 season after Dave Williams was dealt and he did well if my memory serves me right.

  4. Pretty good memory: Elizardo Ramirez made his first start of 2006 in DC, threw seven innings, allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk. Got the win in a 4-2 victory. However, if my memory serves me correctly, Elizardo became a member of the 2006 rotation due to Milton’s first DL stint, then very briefly went back to the bullpen when Milton returned, then went right back to the rotation when Dave Williams was jettisoned.

  5. Congrats to Dumatrait, and I’m excited to see what he can do for the Reds the next few months.

    Also noticed that they promoted Cueto from AA to AAA to start for the Bats tonight.

  6. So if EZ is going to be a long man out of the bullpen, why do we need Santos?

  7. Elizardo may be up so he can replace Belisle in the rotation if and when the Reds ever decide to drop him back into the bullpen. Every start seems like it’s advertised as “Belisle’s Last Shot to Retain His Rotation Spot.” Maybe this time they mean it, and Ramirez will shadow Belisle for his scheduled start tomorrow.

    And/or, Ramirez could be an insurance longman in case Dumatrait – an unknown quantity in his MLB debut – gets chased early tonight.

  8. It will be interesting to see how he copes against a AAAA squad like Washington.

  9. From John Fay’s on his blog:
    “I talked to Elizardo Ramirez he said his shoulder still bothers him from time to time.”

  10. GregD, I saw that note about Ramirez in Fay’s blog as well, but then on the Red’s website it quotes Ramirez as saying: “Things are OK. I’m feeling 100 percent,” Ramirez said of his shoulder. “I’m happy [to be back], oh yeah. It feels good to be pitching here again.” Confusing.

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