From Chris Haft’s MLBlog:
The move cements Jonathan Sanchez’s demotion to the bullpen. Sanchez, 2-8 with a 5.54 ERA, has lost four consecutive games and, in the minds of Giants officials, simply wasn’t demonstrating much improvement.
I would be surprised if Sadowski makes more than 1-2 starts with the Giants. The 26-year-old right-hander has had a pretty marginal minor league career. Drafted out of Florida in 12th round of the ’03 Draft, Sadowski has slowly worked his way up the minor league ladder one season at a time. He missed 2006 with what I’m assuming was an injury. Since then, he’s mostly been a reliever. He went back to starting with Fresno this season.
In 13 starts in AAA his numbers shape up as the following: 70.2 IP, 62 H, 30 BB’s , 55 K’s, and 4.85 FIP. He’s posted a GB% of 47.6, a K/9 of 7.0, and a BB/9 of 3.82. He looks like your typical AAA starter with marginal stuff. His MLE puts his FIP around 5.57 runs at the MLB level.
Sadowski is getting the call because Kevin Pucetas pitched a couple of days ago and the Giants didn’t want to pitch him on such short rest. It’s clear that unless the Giants are willing to dip into the well that is Madison Bumgarner or Tim Alderson, any minor league replacement for Sanchez will most likely be a lateral move with a good chance for worse performance. Sanchez has struggled this season, but Sadowski (especially) or Pucetas aren’t much of an upgrade.
Hopefully, the bullpen assignment is a quick one and Sanchez can get back into the rotation and on track.