Trachsel Joins Six Man Rotation

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Steve Trachsel was activated from the DL yesterday ending what seemed to be an endless rehab assignment. It was also announced that he will be part of a six man rotation getting his first start Friday night between Pedro Martinez and Kris Benson.

The six man rotation is not a bad idea this time of year. I remember Bobby Valentine using it with some success several years ago. (I know, hardly a glowing endorsement.) The idea is that the starters get an extra day of rest between starts. But it’s not the kind of thing that will last very long. I’m thinking that two, maybe three times through the rotation and it’ll stop. Obviously a decision is imminent. Whether that means the team will make a trade or cut someone I don’t know but something has got to give.

To make room for Trachsel the Mets designated Danny Graves for a ssignment making it the second time this season that Graves has been DFAed. According to a report in the Daily News Graves may consider retiring.

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[...] I said last week that I didn’t think the Mets 6 man rotation would last too long. It seems like it’s going to end sooner than even I thought it would. Several reports have Steve Trachsel moving to the bullpen since the team has scheduled Víctor Zambrano to start Friday in Florida. Very odd timing considering Trachsel’s 8 inning 2 hitter this past Friday night. Technorati tags: víctor zambrano, rotation, steve trachsel [...]

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