Now we have this quote from Berardino's article, regarding using some of the up-and-coming starters in relief roles, as other teams are doing more frequently:
“Let them get confidence, stretch them out as best you can and (eventually) stick them in the rotation,” Gardenhire said. “There’s a big, tall 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8 guy that I might have wanted to have taken a shot with that this year.”
He was talking about 6-9 Alex Meyer and his high-90s fastball. Meyer was shipped back to Triple-A on March 9 in the first round of cuts.
“He got ramrodded out of here pretty quick before I had the say-so,” Gardenhire said. “I wouldn’t mind doing that with him at all. I think that would be fun. I don’t give a (flip) if they hit him. Just watching him come out there …”
It begs the questions- When exactly does Gardy get the say-so? Was it last Sunday's second round of cuts? Or does it not happen until the final cut to 25?