Now, one league and several thousand miles after that fateful game on June 2, 2010, Galarraga is on the verge of becoming history. The luckless right-hander was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks after Tuesday night's game.
Traded from the Detroit Tigers to Arizona for two minor league prospects in the offseason, Galarraga did not excel in the National League like D'Backs GM Kevin Towers thought he might. He's 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA over eight starts this year and had 28 strikeouts to 22 walks in 42 2/3 innings. Going back to Joyce's blown call at first on that June night, Galarraga is a combined 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA.
The D'Backs now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Galarraga to the minors. If another pitching-desperate team wants to roll the dice that he'll get his fastball location back, Arizona would be on the hook for paying his $2.3 million salary.
Despite his struggles, the 29-year-old Venezuelan apparently didn't see the writing on the wall with the D'Backs. After his losing turn on Monday, a five-inning effort that saw him allow five earned runs to the San Diego Padres, he acted shocked when a reporter suggested his job was in jeopardy.
"Why would I be worried?" he said. "Something I have to worry about it? You think I have to be worried about it? You think? We'll talk about it at the end of the season. I'm disappointed for this start. I'm not disappointed for the rest of the season. What are you talking about? Are you saying I'm going to lose my job?"
Unfortunately for Galarraga, it turned out that's exactly what Towers was going to be saying just about a day later. With Dallas Braden(notes) of the Oakland Athletics just receiving news that he won't be pitching again in 2011, it hasn't been a good week for 2010's perfect pitchers — or near perfect, as it were — who are not named Roy Halladay(notes).
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