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Jim Hendry’s Hail Mary

By bullpenbrian at 04.14.2011 1 comment.

Jim Hendry showed his desperation this week with the signing of Ramon Ortiz & Doug Davis to minor league contracts.

If all goes as planned, the two wily veterans will serve as a rotation stop-gap should Randy Wells’ and Andrew Cashner’s recovery from the DL take longer than expected.

But that plan is a long-stretch with two long-in-the-tooth hurlers.

Neither Carlos Silva, now a Yankee, or Braden Looper, retired, is a viable option. And the James Russell experiment from Tuesday night should not be retried, either…it’s not fair to Russell or his teammates.

Meanwhile, the options at Triple-A Iowa appear limited, as well. Justin Berg has a 6.00 ERA, Esmailin Caridad a 12.46 ERA, and Thomas Diamond a 13.50 ERA.

So here’s Hendry’s hail mary…

RAMON ORTIZ
-38-year-old right-hander.
-10-year MLB veteran.
-Went (1-2) with a 6.30 ERA for L.A. in 2010.
-His best year came with Anaheim in 2003 (16-13).
-Has not posted an ERA below 5.00 in his last four seasons.
-In his lone start with Iowa Ortiz lasted 5.2 IP, 2-R, 5-H, 3-BB & 7-Ks.

DOUG DAVIS
-35-year-old left-hander.
-12-year MLB veteran.
-Has a career (91-101) record with a 4.38 ERA.
-Averaged 11 wins from 2004-07 between Milwaukee & Arizona.
-Pitched in just eight games last season (1-4), 7.51 ERA.
-Suffered from inflammation in the lining of his heart in 2010.
-Also underwent elbow surgery last season.

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