Cox: Kawakami to the ‘pen in September

DENVER — Kenshin Kawakami will be back in the Braves’ bullpen when he returns from Triple-A Gwinnett in September, manager Bobby Cox said Tuesday.

Rookie Mike Minor has been impressive in three starts (2-0, 4.00 ERA, 22 strikeouts in 18 innings) and could remain in the rotation for the rest of the season.

When Kawakami was sent down last month, the Braves said the Japanese veteran would make four starts and perhaps return to the majors at that point, but a rotation spot wasn’t assured.

He lost his rotation spot to Kris Medlen this summer, and Kawakami made just one relief appearance in more than a month before he was sent to Gwinnett to become reconditioned for starting.

He is 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA in four starts for Gwinnett, and not likely to rejoin the Braves until Sept. 1 when rosters are expanded.

“He’ll pitch out of the ‘pen,” Cox said. “We still need him, in case someone’s sick or whatever. Now he’s used to starting [again].”

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mike lum

August 24th, 2010
9:32 pm

Venters will still pitch every day.

SteveO

August 24th, 2010
9:33 pm

SteveO

August 24th, 2010
9:33 pm

the truth...

August 24th, 2010
9:50 pm

DOB…off topic I know but why wouldn’t someone put Little League World Series scores on the Sports page?

Lot’s of us grew up playing LL and plenty of our kids as well so why wouldn’t the brain trust at least pick up the wire stories out of Williamsport?

Kawakami? I would not miss him a bit if he never set a foot in the Major League dugout again…much less walk to the mound and actually pitch in a game with our season on the line….

the truth...

August 24th, 2010
9:52 pm

On the Little League lack of coverage…we also have a Georgia team with a 2-0 record and much in contention….

Come on web page writers keep us in mind….

Don

August 24th, 2010
9:59 pm

PHILLIES tied it up. Now it’s over. They will win. Thought you had that one didn’t you braves losers!
Rockies will win again and complete the sweep. Then it will be down to a 1/2 game lead. And you will be down by 3 by the end of next week.

E-6

August 24th, 2010
10:13 pm

Appears we have just substituted one painfully slow bat for another at first base.

Jt

August 24th, 2010
10:25 pm

Bobby left D. Lowe in – good for him. It’s about damn time that the offense scored some early runs. Three runs in 6 innings at Coors’ Field- no shame in that for Lowe. Too much pressure on starting pitching- taxing the bullpen. It’s time for the middle and bottom of the order to “step their game up”.

P. Bull Terrier

August 24th, 2010
11:13 pm

I have to agree with (the truth…) about the Little League coverage. ABC and ESPN have figured out that people are interested enough to watch, so it seems like the AJC would at least cover the semi-local angle. That Columbus team is pretty darn good. It would be more interesting than reading about Kawakami.

Smitty

August 24th, 2010
11:13 pm

Terrible umpiring in Colorado this week, last night at 2b and tonight at home.
What is this Arias like who was just DFA? His numbers look good.

Mike Lum

August 24th, 2010
11:33 pm

Is McCann having trouble seeing again? How in the hay does he miss that ball.

SWGADAWG

August 24th, 2010
11:35 pm

Glad we didn’t give up much for Lee…..not exactly getting much from him. We need a RH bat desperately.

THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE LIVES IN THE ATL

August 24th, 2010
11:38 pm

K.K SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE MINOR LEAGUES BACK IN JUNE

para brave

August 24th, 2010
11:44 pm

NOOO! Guess Bobby didn’t see KK’s game the other day.

rlinaug

August 25th, 2010
12:31 am

Don, cram it. Lastros in 16 over your beloved Phils, which are still 2.5 back.

Braves fan80

August 25th, 2010
12:35 am

Don
Maybe you will learn not to talk so quickly.Phillies lose at home again to the lowly astros.
Chew on that one buddy .Braves lead still at 2.5.

wawel78

August 25th, 2010
12:37 am

3 runs in 6 innings is the equivalent of a 4.5 era. It’s worse than D Lowe’s and KK STARTING ERA.

SoCalBrave

August 25th, 2010
12:42 am

Karma, Don, KARMA!

HorneeWabbit

August 25th, 2010
1:48 am

The Braves lost tonight, but at least they had enough sense to do it in 8 1/2 innings, not like Don’s team, in a 16 innings game.

HorneeWabbit

August 25th, 2010
1:52 am

Don……..some free advice, maybe you should shutup about your big bad phillies, until after they are actually, in 1st place. Seriously man, you are making yourself look like a clown.

gotigers72

August 25th, 2010
2:02 am

Glaus hit a three run homer at Gwinnett tonight. Also made 2 errors while playing third base. That shocked me! I didn’t know he could even get to two grounders. Must’ve been hit right at him.

Lee looks terrible. Whoever said that about trading one slow bat for another hit the nail on the head. First base problem won’t be solved until next year [or this September], when FF is the starter there. Enough with these off of the trash heap codgers. ENOUGH I SAY!

Ankiel ain’t so hot either. Swings at more bad pitches than anybody else on the team. And we traded Blanco for him no less. If ye do not know, Blanco is hitting .275 and has 8 steals in eight tries since the trade. Can we get him back Dayton?

Tomahawk Choppin'/Phillies Hatin'

August 25th, 2010
5:25 am

From Don(na) “PHILLIES tied it up. Now it’s over. They will win. Thought you had that one didn’t you braves losers!”

Love you buddy, BUT YOU”RE WRONG!!!!!! Astros beat your Phylicia’s, oh I mean Phillies. You can go back to you’re wanting to win ways. Face it, the Braves lose, then the Phillies lose. The Braves will take 4 of 6 from your Phillies at the end of the year. The Phillies MIGHT make it to the playoffs as a wild card, you better hope so!

Ted Abernathy

August 25th, 2010
8:34 am

If Kawakami could hit, we could use him.
Seriously, the extra arm in the bullpen will help in September, otherwise we will have to bring back Brad Clontz.

wjones

August 25th, 2010
10:38 am

“Don

August 24th, 2010
9:59 pm
PHILLIES tied it up. Now it’s over. They will win. Thought you had that one didn’t you braves losers!
Rockies will win again and complete the sweep. Then it will be down to a 1/2 game lead. And you will be down by 3 by the end of next week.”

You might want to refrain from playing the lottery or the stock market.

Bobby

August 25th, 2010
10:59 am

Why is it when the Phillies have their best players all back, they stop hitting? They were better off with Howard & Utley on the DL. Obviously, I say that tongue in cheek, and I would expect that in the long run, they will score alot of runs with their core lineup intact, but I just find that curious that their offense has gone into a little bit of a funk the past few days.

Nate Hurst

August 25th, 2010
11:17 am

We are on our way home and the phils are heading to face the Friars…..good luck with that….Don, go put your head in the sand for a couple of hours….Lee will turn things around, hang in there Braves fans, its going to get interesting.

Melky Way

August 25th, 2010
11:47 am

Poor Don,his dish fell off his trailer before the game was over,so he did not know the final score!

Doug

August 25th, 2010
12:15 pm

“incase someone is sick, or whatever” classic Bobby!!!!!!! I’m still chuckling…”whatever” is a scary senario :) ))

Brock

August 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

“We still need him, in case someone’s sick or whatever. Wow, kick the guy while he’s down would you Bobby. Funny none the less!

Larry

August 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

Lee Needs to learn to not swing at every pitch… Just swing at the strikes… He strikes out way to much.

Space Monkey

August 25th, 2010
1:37 pm

Maybe this will keep Cox from using Moylan and Venters in a blowout like he did Sunday. That was truly stupid. It was especially stupid with Moylan considering that he looks really tired lately.

Let's Go Bravos!

August 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

Melky way, that was awesome!! Great Comment!

Sometimes, I wish Cox would just be honest and say, “I wouldn’t let KK pitch unless we were losing by 10 or winning by 20. He’s Horrible!”
The guy can’t even win in the minor leagues.

Braves Fan in Illinois

August 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

So much whining and complaining . . .you’d think this team wasn’t in first place.

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper!

August 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

He’ll get a start or two, when the Braves decide Minor has reached his innings limit.

braves365

August 25th, 2010
2:45 pm

Oh Don…. did you check the standings today? Something went wrong with the Phillies last night.

braves365

August 25th, 2010
2:53 pm

I always enjoy checking this out… I respect the good reporting, commentary, and writing. well done. Comments are just that…. some right on and some down right rediculous.

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A wiser Don than THAT other Don

August 25th, 2010
4:44 pm

Oh Don….have you checked the score today 10-1 Braves in the 4th ya pinhead! GO ASTROS tonight and spank them Phillies!

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