FORT WAYNE – For much of the first half of the season, the TinCaps went with a six-man rotation.
“At this level, a six-man rotation allows an extra pitcher to be stretched out and gives them an opportunity to start and go deeper into ballgames,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said.
However, with Adrian De Horta sent down to short-season Eugene and Coby Cowgill promoted to high-A Lake Elsinore, the TinCaps will no longer sustain the six-man rotation.
Today’s starter, Erik Cabrera, is joined by Ronald Herrera, Payton Baskette, Kyle Lloyd and Walker Weickel. Collins indicated part of the motivation behind the six-man rotation in the first place was to get some extra rest for those pitchers.
“Now that we’ve reached the halfway point, those guys that started – your Weickels, Lloyds, Baskettes – from the very beginning have pitched slightly less games than other players who are in a five-man rotation,” Collins said. “So hopefully they’re a little more fresh come the end of July and August so they’re able to go deep into ball games versus maybe starting to tire out, having to limit their pitches and innings later in the year. You limit those a little earlier in the year so at the end they’re nice and strong.”
INJURY REPORT: After diagnosing Pete Kelich with a forearm strain in May, the Padres organization eventually decided he would need reconstructive surgery on his elbow. Collins said Kelich's recovery is on track but that the right-hander is unlikely to pitch again this season. "Everything’s progressing as well as it can," Collins said. "Hopefully, that will be a speedy recovery. I think we’ll see him next year."