Torre’s Pitchers Contain Indians
Manager Joe Torre used four pitchers against Cleveland Monday night who figure to make next week’s Opening Day roster, with starter Chad Billingsley pitching an effective five innings, followed by Jeff Weaver (two innings), Jonathan Broxton and Ramon Troncoso (one each).
A long first inning, when Billingsley allowed his only run, helped run up his pitch count to 83, then he went to the bullpen for another 25.
Weaver made it two innings, but only after getting drilled on the right side of his back when Grady Sizemore turned around Weaver’s first pitch. After the game, Weaver said he was okay. Torre again indicated Weaver would likely make the 11-man pitching staff, but only because there would be enough other pitchers who can throw on consecutive days.
Weaver is not one of them, but Broxton, Troncoso, George Sherrill, Ramon Ortiz and likely fifth starter Charlie Haeger should be able to. Torre said he’s not sure if Rule 5 pick Carlos Monasterios can. Broxton allowed a run Monday night, but Troncoso threw a scoreless inning pitching on consecutive days.
It was Sherrill’s day to pitch, but he didn’t, as he continues work on mechanical problems in bullpen sessions. Torre said Sherrill will pitch in Los Angeles Thursday night.
Andre Ethier slugged his fifth home run to right and doubled down the left-field line.
“Two of the prettiest things you’ll see,” said Torre. “It’s a lot of fun to watch a good hitter do things like that.” — Ken Gurnick