This little Berardino column from early yesterday slipped my perusal:
As noted in this space Tuesday, that leaves (Meyer) plenty of room to finish out the year with three final starts for the Red Wings, followed by a potential September debut for the Twins.
When I asked Ryan about that possibility, he shook his head. “I don’t know yet,” Ryan said. “I’m going to see him (pitch next Monday in Rochester). I’m going to see the whole club, of course, but I’ll see him for the first time (at that level). It’s important that when you bring a guy up they’re prepared to pitch at this level. So we’ll see how prepared he looks.” So it’s an excellent bet that Ryan will make his first and only 2014 visit to Rochester this weekend.
Ryan's somewhat shocking answer, "I don't know yet", and the revelation that this will be his first and only in-person viewing of Meyer in 2014 is pretty telling. "Consistency" evidently has been replaced by "prepared" as the promotion fall-back impediment-crutch-word.
I think this little snippet makes it clear that Meyer was never realistically in the plans for 2014. Previously in the article, Ryan expressed how pleased "the plan" laid out for Meyer in 2014 has been largely accomplished- the plan apparently being:
"Let's manage innings and pitch count very closely and nurse Meyer through an entire AAA season without a shutdown" .....
and definitely not:
"Let's see if we can manage his development and innings limitations in AAA commensurate with as early a call-up to the Twins as possible to continue to maximize his developmental trajectory."
Edited by jokin, 21 August 2014 - 06:29 PM.