Matt Belisle’s rehab stint has been awesome:
Also on the rehab front, pitcher Matt Belisle worked a complete game Thursday for Double-A Chattanooga. Facing Birmingham, Belisle gave up three runs, two of them earned, on seven hits without a walk, and three strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches.
That made it back-to-back strong showings for Belisle. The right-hander pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings for Class A Sarasota on April 5. He is scheduled to start again on Tuesday. Pitcher rehab assignments can last up to 30 days, which makes his last possible day May 4.
To me, the best part is that Belisle has walked no one on the rehab stint, and has been going deep into games. No, he isn’t facing major leaguers, but it’s very encouraging nonetheless.
I’d like to see Belisle take Fogg’s spot in the rotation (is there anyone who thinks Belisle won’t be as good or better than Fogg?), and Fogg sent to the bullpen to perform long relief, with the occasional spot start.
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