To say that right-handed starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit is a journeyman is a bit of an understatement. Sure, Petit has only played for three different major league teams from 2006 to 2013, but the 6-1 hurler has spent time drifting back and forth between the minors and majors as well.
Traveling from Brooklyn, New York to Tacoma, Washington to Oaxaca, Mexico and to many others in between, Petit has been all over the place. In his 11 seasons in the minors, Petit has played for 13 different teams.
When perpetual star and veteran pitcher Matt Cain went to the 15-day DL last week after taking a nasty comebacker off of his pitching arm, the San Francisco Giants called up Petit as a replacement. With Cain’s next start supposed to be Tuesday against divisional rival Colorado Rockies, no one expected Petit to replace the former All-Star and ace with nearly as much of an effect.
Don’t get me wrong; Petit is not going to be bumping Cain from the rotation next year, but his game line of six innings pitched, two runs allowed, three walks and six strikeouts certainly helps him state his case as the first minor leaguer that ought to be called up.
Although Petit is by no means a rookie, this is only his second MLB start since 2009 when he had a dismal year with the Arizona Diamondbacks. For his sake and the sake of the nearly mathematically-eliminated Giants, I hope that Petit can get a few more quality starts before the end of the season and remove himself from the chains of perpetual minor league bus rides and run-down hotels.
Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy will be hard pressed to not think of Petit the next time one of his starters goes to the DL or struggles.
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