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July 16, 2010 at 7:30 am ET
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Roster Finagling Gone Too Far

Featuring the San Diego Padres and their all-star snub SP Mat Latos.

@FollowThePadres on Sunday morning.

#Padres Bud Black has announced rotation for post-ASG: Garland, Richard and Correia. Latos pushed to … TBA. Off-day on 7/19. Interesting.

This added fuel to rumors that San Diego was looking to give Latos some extra rest between starts due his heavy workload.

@friarhood later Sunday afternoon

Breaking News: Mat Latos to be placed on the DL #Padres

This news not accompanied by an actual injury status led to speculation they were going around the system to create roster flexibility.

I’m pretty sure that speculation was confirmed on Thursday when Latos said this to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

“I held my sneeze walking down the [dugout] steps and felt a little pull,” Latos said just before a workout at PETCO Park in advance of Friday’s game against Arizona, the first game of the second half of the regular season.

Four days to think it over and the best you can do is rip-off Sammy Sosa’s gimmick?

The article continues…

The decision to place Latos on the disabled list coincides with a planned break for the 22-year-old, as the Padres are closely watching his innings and workload.

Considering the All-Star break gave the Padres a chance to reset their rotation, Latos likely wouldn’t have pitched until July 24 anyway, especially with a day off on Monday, as the team could have skipped him in the rotation had he been healthy.

So there you have it. Textbook Roster Finagling, with the unnecessary element of deception.

Seriously.  Every team does this 2-3 times a season.  MLB doesn’t seem to mind.  Other teams don’t seem to mind.  No one batted an eye at the Rockies when they placed Franklin Morales on the DL and listed his injury as his an inflamed ERA.

You’re taking this way too seriously, San Diego.  Cut out the theatrics.  Just put Latos on the DL, call up your extra pitcher for the next 10 days, and we’ll all commence to watch you fall to the back of the pack in a loaded NL West.

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One Response to “Roster Finagling Gone Too Far”
  1. I will cut you some slack, sir, since you follow the Rockies as closely as I follow the Padres, but you are in for a surprise this season. The Padres will not be tapering off any time soon and a repeat of the disastrous end to the 2007 season will not be taking place in 2010 because your Rockies no longer have Matt Holliday’s lucky chin patrolling left field.

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