Monday, September 6, 2010

Paulino to throw another simulated game

It seems as though Mills knows what they're going to do with Felipe Paulino when/if he returns from the DL, but they want to see how his next simulated game will go, on Wednesday.

"He showed up OK (Sunday) and feels good. If you're going to ask me how we'll use him going forward, I'm going to bag out of that a little and say we'll wait and see what happens after this next simulated game. Are we going to put him in the rotation or use him out of the pen? Well, I know which way we're leaning, but I don't want to divulge that right now because I want to talk to him first."

I don't see any much harm in having him go to the bullpen for a few appearances, if his arm is responding, but I would also be more comfortable shutting him down and getting him back up to strength in the off-season.

Your rotation in 2011 looks as such: Myers, Happ, Wandy, Norris and coming down to Paulino/Lyles/Moehler for SP5. I would think - barring any unforeseen acquisitions - that Paulino has the inside track, with Moehler as option two. But if Lyles comes out dealing in Spring Training, it could be a tight race.