Thursday, June 21, 2007

Angels Hurler Joe Saunders Down to Last Option

Angels hurler Joe Saunders -- called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to temporarily replace injured Jered Weaver in the rotation -- has now used his next-to-last option, meaning that the team soon may be compelled to make him a permanent fixture.

Saunders, who has pitched well in major and minor league stops this season and last, is an improbable candidate to replace Angels ace Bartolo Colon.

Colon, who has failed to round out after coming off the injured list earlier this season, has thrown away the Yogi Berra handbook which stipulates that the game of baseball is 90-percent mental and the other half physical. Colon now says that despite the league hitting more than .300 against him that there is nothing physically wrong with him, leaving only his mental approach suspect.

How quickly will it be before the team sizes Colon for a padded room at the mental institution and gives Saunders his rightful spot in the rotation?