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Scribner optioned back to Triple A

POSTED May 24, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia

In the Major Leagues, the numbers game is one of the toughest opponents a player will face.

Former Shepaug star Evan Scribner is well aware of that. Despite a strong start to his Major League career with the San Diego Padres, Scriber was sent back to Triple A Tucson as the team had to reinstate starting second baseman Orlando Hudson from the disabled list.

Since getting called up on April 25, Scribner recorded a 2.45 ERA in six relief appearances for the Padres, In 11 innings, he allowed three earned runs on 10 hits, while striking out seven and walking only two. He did not earn a win or loss.

You may ask, why would the Padres send him down then? It's simple. In the Major Leagues, players have minor league options, enabling the organization to send a player to the minor leagues a certain amount of time before they would then be forced to place the player on the waiver wire.

Scribner, having just got the Majors, had the most options available for the Padres to work with. It doesn't seem fair that someone playing well gets sent down instead of someone who isn't performing, but that's how baseball works. We all know their logic and business model is a tad flawed.

As for Scribner, barring injury, he'll be back in the Majors probably at some point this summer. If anything, he improved his trade value, and the Padres, always in need of a bat, may get some offers for him.

He was only in the Majors for a month, but you get the impression that this is only the beginning for Scribner, and hardly the end.

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