May 26th, 2006
For those who saw his pitching line for Toledo Friday night (2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 51 pitches) and wondered what was going on, he was on a limit of three innings or 50 pitches put in place by the Tigers. That leaves him available on short rest should they decide to use him in Mike Maroth’s rotation spot Tuesday against the Yankees. At this point, it looks like it’ll be either Roman Colon (who was stretched out relieving Maroth Thursday), Jordan Tata (also at Triple-A Toledo) or Ledezma. Zach Miner, who has starred for the Mud Hens this season, is the scheduled starter Saturday, which would pretty much rule him out for Tuesday.
No perfect game this time for the potential Tigers draft pick, but he scattered two runs over 6 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. Plenty of scouts were present, the Tigers among them. More info from the Dallas Morning News (registration required to see the story):
Kershaw, a left-hander ranked by Baseball America as the nation’s top senior, struggled to locate his breaking ball and changeup. He relied on his 90-plus-mph fastball even more than usual.
"Against a good-hitting team like this, you’re going to give up some runs if that’s all you’re throwing," Kershaw said. "But I was just happy to get the win."
Kershaw’s bat was more impressive than his arm against Corsicana (27-8). He went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.
The Big 12 tournament is this weekend, giving Texas outfielder a Drew Stubbs a chance to make an impression.