Hey, somebody has to care about this stuff, right?
"The thing I'm happiest about is we sent nobody to the minor leagues," Piniella said. "They went from the rotation to the bullpen.
Piniella said Samardzija was hoping for a starting spot.
"He was a little disappointed," Piniella said. "He thought he had pitched well enough in spring training to stay in the rotation. I agreed with him. But unfortunately, we only have two spots.
"And then remember, [Ted] Lilly is ahead of schedule. In three weeks from now, we're going to have to make a decision again. With that in mind, let's put Marshall and Samardizja in places where they can help our baseball team."
Perfect example of how unimportant the No. 5 starter -- as designated in late March -- can be (not that this stops me from obsessing over them). Sure, it's Silva and Gorzelanny ... but only until Ted Lilly's ready to take his turn.
Gorzelanny and Marshall are both 27. Tom's got a 4.78 ERA; Sean, 4.86. Tom's got a 1.55 strikeout-to-walk ratio; Sean, 1.79. Neither of them throws particularly hard, though Marshall's a bit more of a junkballer, specializing in a big curveball. Oddly, it's Gorzelanny who's shown the much larger platoon split, which does argue against his case as a starting pitcher.
My guess is that Marshall will get his chance to start, as he has in each of the last four seasons. But between Marshall and Gorzelanny and Silva, it's not likely that a pennant will be won or lost.