Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cotham a question

by Barca Blog - On Monday, the Commodore coaching staff announced their weekend starting rotation in advance for the first time in a couple of weeks. At the moment, though, it looks like their pitching plan may be in jeopardy.

Head coach Tim Corbin, who had slated Caleb Cotham to take the hill on Saturday followed by Drew Hayes on Sunday, revealed to The City Paper's David Boclair after the Commodores' 8-6 win Friday that a change might happen based on how Cotham feels before tomorrow's 1 p.m. matchup with Mississippi State.

"The unknown is whether Cotham can pitch right now,” Corbin said. “He did not feel good tonight. He hurt (his knee) last weekend and just tweaked it."

And if Cotham can't go tomorrow?

"We'd probably move up Hayes depending on how Cotham feels. It's nothing bad but it's just a situation where he tweaked it enough to where he doesn't feel 100 percent right now.”

If in fact Hayes is bumped up to Saturday (which will be a game time decision), that would leave an opening for Sunday's starting spot. Corbin did say if a change was made that he would use freshman reliever Sonny Gray in the same fashion he has the last few weeks -- based on the situation at hand. Gray was summoned to the bullpen tonight after the Bulldogs cut the lead to 8-6 with two outs in the ninth, but didn’t make it into the game. Russell Brewer was able to close things out by striking out the only hitter he faced on five pitches to secure the win.

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