Last week Rudy Owens made his minor league debut, shortly after Ross Ohlendorf was placed on the disabled list. Owens started off strong, pitching seven innings, and allowing one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. At the time, the Pirates were deciding between Jeff Karstens, Brian Burres, and Brad Lincoln to replace Ohlendorf in the rotation. Charlie at Bucs Dugout suggested at the time that Owens should have gotten the call over Karstens, Burres, and Lincoln.
Since that time, Owens has followed up with another strong start, this time going 6.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. He carried a no hitter in to the sixth inning, and overcame two errors. Also since that time, Ross Ohlendorf's recovery time has been pushed back a month, which means it could be mid-May until he returns.
I agree with Charlie's general idea that Owens is a better option than Karstens, Burres, ...
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