Sherrill’s goodbye: What a Sweet Thing That Was.
Los Angeles Dodgers reliever George Sherrill, who was an All-Star closer for the Baltimore Orioles just a year ago, has been put on waivers by the club, a major league source confirmed Wednesday on the condition of anonymity.
Sherrill, a left-hander, entered the season as the incumbent eighth-inning setup man, but he has never been able to find his comfort level mechanically since the start of spring training, a major reason he has a 7.32 ERA in 34 appearances. He lost the setup job early on, and it eventually fell to lefty Hong-Chih Kuo, who wound up making the National League All-Star team.
Sherrill even went onto the disabled for a time in late May and early June because of a fairly negligible back issue so he could go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment in hopes of working out his issues with his pitching delivery.
Sherrill’s poor performance makes it highly unlikely that another club will claim him, but outright waivers are irrevocable, meaning that if Sherrill is claimed, the Dodgers will lose him to that club. If Sherrill clears, meaning three full business days pass from the time he was waived without another team claiming him, he will have the option of accepting an outright assignment, presumably to Triple-A Albuquerque, or becoming a free agent.
Posted: July 15, 2010 at 12:48 AM | 25 comment(s)
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