We’ve all had bad days on the job. Though hopefully never as bad as Vin Mazzaro’s on Thursday when he gave up seven earned runs in 0.1 innings of work for the Giants.
The lone out was Colorado pitcher Chris Rusin.
The team designated Mazzaro for assignment on Friday, ending his short run with the organization.
The Giants purchased Albert Suarez’s contract from Triple-A Sacramento to replace the journeyman reliever.
Suarez has thrown 25 innings over five appearances this season, striking out 15 while allowing eight earned runs on 24 hits.
If the rest of the season plays out like this, 2016 could mark a changing of the guard for the Giants as more pitchers who started the season in the minor leagues get an opportunity to throw at AT&T Park.
Other arms who could see themselves called up the big leagues this season include Clayton Blackburn (who was the River Cats’ ace last season), Ty Blach (an under-the-radar prospect who struggled in April but has improved in his last few starts), and Tyler Beede (the Giants’ top pitching prospect who is currently playing in Double-A Richmond, but has the potential for being a stud starter in the future.)
Respect the board shorts
The Oakland Athletics can’t seem to catch a break lately.
Frustrated with the amount of attention Tim Lincecum was getting from Bay Area baseball fans on Friday, the A’s took to tweeting: “Is your timeline filled with practice pitches from a pitcher wearing shorts? Fear not! Real baseball from players wearing pants coming soon,” the team’s official account posted.
Minutes later, Major League Baseball announced Oakland’s game against the Baltimore Orioles would be postponed due to rain.
Proving once again that you should never mock a man bold enough to show up to a job interview in board shorts.