May 26, 2011, 11:17 AM
Not sure why, but Mitchell Boggs was taken out in the second inning of his first Memphis start in Salt Lake City last night. He threw 34 pitches and gave up a run on a couple of hits.

Anyway, I understand the point of getting Boggs more IP in Memphis, but I'm not 100% sure I agree with this decision, unless it is just for a few weeks. I still have more confidence in Boggs than in Franklin or 800 year old Miguel Batista. I'd just as soon have seen one of those guys released to make room for Skip on the roster.

He's one of Tony's boys, so it probably won't happen, but with Franklin's free agency pending at the end of the season, it may be time to cut your losses and just release him. The way he has looked I honestly can't see him getting it back together this year.
May 27, 2011  11:34 AM ET

This is from the Post Dispatch:

The St. Louis Cardinals returned Mitchell Boggs to Class AAA Memphis this week to start games, but not necessarily to become a starter.

The Cardinals left the possibility open that Boggs would return to the big leagues as a spot starter later this season, according to reports this week from St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Joe Strauss in San Diego. Because, you know, anything's possible.

But the benefit to Boggs of starting in Triple-A Memphis is getting regular work, extended work and more innings to work on the pitches that have vanished or failed him in the late-inning relief role. This is similar to what the Cardinals (and other clubs) do with prospects who project in relief. Jordan Swagerty, for example, is starting in the minors so his appearances are scheduled, his innings are guaranteed, and he gets the work between starts on the crispness of his pitches. This is what Boggs will do.

Er, has done.

On Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, Boggs made his first start at Class AAA since 2009. The righthander went 1 1/3 innings and took the (non-representative) loss. Memphis had only four hits and committed three errors in the 10-0 loss. Boggs was gone before much of the shenanigans happened, having allowed one run (earned) on two hits and a walk. He faced seven batters and threw 34 pitches (20 strikes). Boggs turned the game over to scheduled starter Adam Ottavino in the middle of an inning, and Ottavino saw his ERA bloat with three earned runs (six runs total) in 3 1/3 innings of work. -11e0-b139-0019bb30f31a.html

I'd love to see Franklin released but releasing a player means you are giving up on them and I doubt TLR would do that. Please don't get my started on "older than dirt" Batista

June 1, 2011  09:24 AM ET

Good info, thanks SGB. At least it is good to see Franklin be somewhat effective in his last few appearances. Maybe he will be able to play a role.

June 7, 2011  02:28 PM ET

Boggs third outing with Memphis today: 5 IP, 2 hits, 1 unearned run and 4 Ks. Best outing he's had since going down.


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