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Mac gone, Egbert on his way

Posted 04-21-2009 at 04:26 PM by Lundind1

In a season that is assured to provide Sox fans with tons of twists and turns, the Sox make a definative move. With most fans saying, "bout time" or something along those lines, the Sox designated Mike MacDougal for assignment to Charlotte and called up Jack Egbert from the same.

MacDougal, whose ERA ballooned to a whopping 12.46 with 6 ER in 4-1/3 pitched, is going to be running out of options at the Major League level. It might be time for him to start thinking more long term about what his goals are. One can only expect that he will put in some much needed time in the 'pen there. Unless he shows the organization something, it might turn into another appreciation thread on WSI. His numbers in AAA last year were decent, but without any kind of command at the Major League level he is as good as a rosin bag to this team.

There is an upside to this story. The Sox called up Jack Egbert from Charlotte. He will be ready for the team within the next few days one should expect. He will wear #62 with the big club. Egbert had his best year in 2007 with Birmingham where he went 12-8 with a 3.06 ERA (55 ER/161.2 IP) and 165 strikeouts in 28 starts. Most fans are going to be scratching their heads as to the long term effect of this move. Egberts ERA thus far has not been much better than MacDougal other than the fact that he has a win.

With this move it is also noted that the Sox roster only has 38 members on it. I would hope that Kenny takes a good look at what he has to work and makes a move accordingly.

There are just too many other question marks that need to answered before most Sox fans can get excited about this team. 3-4 from the Rays really isn't bad though. Should have been a sweep, but I am not going to be too picky. Just kinda scary how Detroit has managed to overcome some pretty bad pitching to be right in the mix of things. I have a feeling that this is going to be that 5 team race....yes 5, including KC. If their pitching holds together, it might be a great year for the organization. So far they have been able to score a bunch of runs while giving up very little.

Stay tuned. The next wave of scorecards will be up soon.
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