George Sherrill coming back this year excited me. This is because I am an unabashed sucker for nostalgia. All baseball players play better under a sepia colored sky. Then Spring Training started and George Sherrill was terrible. But George Sherrill always has terrible Spring Trainings. It’s part of his shtick. But then the season started and Sherrill stayed terrible. He gave up a couple home runs and six (!) hits in only an inning and a third. His ERA looks like an opponent’s point total at halftime of a Husky football game. It’s been bad. Now we know why as George Sherrill has been placed on the DL with a “Strained flexor bundle”, which sounds like something in a CPU motherboard or something (nerd joke!). So, for awhile at least, Sherrill has been cast in the Kuo and Camp infested veteran reliever castoff pile.
Wheeling up from Tacoma in what I like to imagine is a personalized Segway is Charlie Furbush. Furbush showed sporadic effectiveness as a starter last year, had a strong spring and had been pitching very well for the Rainiers in the early season. With Casper Wells seemingly destined to slowly become a part of the bench Furbush represents possibly the best hope to glean some value from the Doug Fister trade. It will be interesting to see how the Mariners use him, especially with Erasmo Ramirez locked into the long-man role. Just another compelling position battle to keep an eye on in the fresh season.