Ryan Rowland-Smith was solid tonight in his second rehab start with the Tacoma Rainiers. He pitched five shut-out innings allowing three hits, striking out three and walking one. He threw 81 pitches with 54 of them strikes.
From Grant Clark's story in the News Tribune.
"Everything pretty much went the way I wanted it to go out there tonight," said Rowland-Smith, who was placed on the disabled list by the Seattle Mariners on April 15 because of tendinitis in his left triceps. "My pitch count got a little high with (Michael) Garciaparra (in the third) and (Brendan) Katin (in the second), but besides that, I can't complain."
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Michael Garciaparra? The Michael Garciaparra? As in the Michael Garciaparra the Mariners selected in the first round of the 2001 draft with the 36th pick? Yes, it is the same Michael Garciaparra that was selected two picks ahead of David Wright. I seriously didn't know he was still playing ... but good for him.