Matt Belisle to return soon


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.


  1. GregD says:

    I’m not sure who goes from the bullpen when Belisle is activated. I don’t see them cutting Lincoln, but could see it coming down to optioning Coffey or Burton. Coffey has given up more hits, fewer K’s, while both of Burton’s hits have been HR’s. There’s not much RH relief depth on the 40-man roster, and given Lincoln’s early success, I’d expect that they’ll keep him and move one of the guys with options (assuming Lincoln doesn’t have options.)

  2. brublejr says:

    Has Coffey shown anymore this year than he has the last two when he spent the most of his time in AAA? I think he should be gone, I can’t stomach him coming into games unless we are up are down 8 runs.

  3. Matt Steele says:

    (long time reader, first time commenter etc)

    If Belisle takes Fogg’s spot (which I hope he does soon), where would that put Homer and his hopefully soon rise back to the majors?

    Do we need to have two long inning bullpen guys?

    Wow… isn’t it nice to actually have to think about that?

  4. daedalus says:

    Surely there’s some team at this point who would take Fogg, right? I don’t mind him – it could be so much worse (see Milton, Eric) – but yeah, I’d rather see Belisle in there now with Homer in a couple of months taking his spot.

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