Who needs Billy Wagner(notes) when the Red Sox have Nick Green(notes)? Charged with eating some innings on the wrong side of a blowout, Green, Boston's shortstop by trade, pitched two scoreless and hitless innings in a 9-5 loss to the White Sox Thursday at Fenway Park.
Yeah, Green did surrender three walks, but cut him slack. He's a shortstop, for crying out loud, and he did put together a much better effort than starter Junichi Tazawa(notes). Throwing into the 90s ain't bad for someone who spends most of their time in the infield.
By my count off this list from Baseball Reference, that's now eight position players who were summoned to the mound in 2009. The Yankees' Nick Swisher(notes) drew the most headlines for his stint back in April and Jonathan Van Every(notes) was the first to get the nod from Red Sox manager Terry Francona a few weeks later.
Also earning a '1' next to their scorecard names: Cincinnati's Paul Janish(notes), Florida's Cody Ross(notes) and Ross Gload(notes), Los Angeles' Mark Loretta(notes) and Josh Wilson(notes), who has thrown an inning for both Arizona and San Diego this season. The eight pitchers (but not really) have thrown a total of 10 innings and have an ugly 12.60 ERA mark to their names.
However, if you take away the 11 earned runs that Janish accumulated in two inning-long appearances with the Reds, the collective ERA falls to a respectable 3.37.
Maybe the Phillies could find their next reliever from this crop? Ruben?