Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Gallagher up, Pignatiello ignored

I'm not quite sure why lefty Carmen Pignatiello is continuing to be ignored.

Pignatiello has thrown 6.2 scoreless innings in Tennessee (AA) early this year, before being promoted to Iowa (AAA), where he's thrown 19.2 innings and allowed just two runs on 14 hits. In his combined 26.1 innings in the minors, Pignatiello has a 0.68 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.

Nonetheless, after reliever Angel Guzman was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow strain, it wasn't the 24-year-old left hander that was called up to the big club. Instead, right hander Sean Gallagher got the nod.

Don't get me wrong, Gallagher has thrown the ball well in Tennessee (AA). In 11 starts, Gallagher has a 7-2 record and a 3.39 ERA. But he's a starter, Pignatiello is not.

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