Yesterday we talked about the return of Ian Stewart, who was scheduled to make his spring debut. How did it go? It didn’t. Dude didn’t play. Way to make me look like a moron, Ian. Appreciate it, bro. Instead, he was slated to make his debut at Fitch Park in a minor league stint. On the plus side, Josh Vitters had my back and made good on his return and laid and egg with an 0-for-2. The big news, though, was the start by left-hander, Chris Rusin, who is doing everything he can to make this team out of spring as a lefty out of the pen. Rusin started the game with a four pitch walk to the leadoff man and the went out to toss five scoreless innings with just one hit given up. He ran his record to 2-0 (note: pitcher wins are stupid, but people still care about them for some reason) 13 innings of work this spring has yielded an 0.69 ERA for the youngster that made a few starts last season for the big team. I don’t think he’s going to make the roster, primarily because I think he’s better as a starter, but props to him for making the decision a difficult one.

Dale Svuem talked about his bullpen yesterday and gave a whole lot of nuthin’. The only pressing question asked was if Hector Rondon had made this team yet. A dismissive ‘No’ is all that was given. Personally, I hate manager speak like that. If it were me, having my manager say I was on the outside looking in would piss me off and be a driver for me to play better. Why can’t managers just say what’s going on and let that be fuel for guys?

One note Svuem did give was that Edwin Jackson has been named the starter for the home opener, which means……nothing. I wish I had more news to report. Take heart. Opening day is almost here.

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