On Wednesday afternoon, we learned that Jake Peavy would be out for six weeks with a non-displaced rib fracture. So we knew we were going to get one roster move on Thursday … most of us just didn't expect two.
With Hector Santiago stepping in to replace Peavy in the rotation, we didn't need to call up a starter like Jason Berken, although that would still be a possibility for the long relief duties. Instead, team management opted to go with Deunte Heath once again.
This is the third time Heath has been called up this season, and it's probably the most surprising time considering he has let up seven runs through his first 5.2 innings pitched (four appearances). But with the 16 inning game draining the 'pen, there's also the possibility that this promotion will too be short lived, as he could solely be there to mop up innings until the other guys in the 'pen are ready to go again.
Heath is 27 years old and, like we've said many times, probably doesn't have much of a long-term future with the organization. At this point, he's pretty much just there to eat up innings when need be.
But he has been good for AAA Charlotte, posting a 2.25 ERA through 16 IP.
And while the other roster move may not play into the team's future plans either, it's likely to be a much more significant call-up as far as 2013 goes.
It's obvious that Don Cooper & co. don't want to move Brian Omogrosso into a long relief role. If they did, we would've had about three or four fewer roster moves so far this season. Standing pat with that, the team decided to send him down for another reliever that they feel is more suited for a late inning role right now, Ramon Troncoso.
Omogrosso had showed some positive strides of late, but struggled overall while with the White Sox in 2013, posting a 5.14 ERA through 14 IP.
Through 21 appearances and 24.1 innings tossed, Ramon has a 2.19 ERA and an even more impressive 1.014 WHIP. He's also struck out 17 hitters while only walking seven, which should help to correct one of the bullpen's biggest struggles so far this season. Not to mention, he's a sinkerball pitcher, so he can be used to inherit runners and induce double plays.
If the team can get anything near what he gave the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, it'll be a huge boost to the unit going forward.