Guy was just a couple of months younger than me and my height and weight (my weight in 1995 anyways). Sad story - sympathies to his family.Eshelman Will Stay In Rotation
Boston Red Sox notes
May 08, 1995|By PAUL DOYLE; Courant Staff Writer
DETROIT — In two games, Vaughn Eshelman has gone from a questionable Double A pitcher to the Red Sox's best starter.
Eshelman, a lefthander, had his second scoreless outing Sunday, allowing four hits in seven innings as the Red Sox beat Detroit, 12-1. In his major league debut Tuesday, Eshelman allowed three hits in six innings at Yankee Stadium.
His performance will keep him in the rotation. Eshelman (2-0) will start Friday night against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
``Once again, he had total command,'' manager Kevin Kennedy said. ``He changes speeds on all his pitches and mixes it up. He seems to have a real feel for throwing off hitters' timing.''
Eshelman, 25, pitched for Double A Bowie, Md., last season, but was not added to the Orioles' 40-man roster and was a Rule V selection in the off-season. If the Red Sox had elected not to keep him after spring training, they would have sent him back to the Orioles.
But Kennedy liked Eshelman's arm and figured he could use him as a middle reliever all season.
When Kennedy was forced to start Eshelman in New York, he said it was a short-term move. Now, Eshelman will stay in the rotation.
Eshelman's success is due most to his level-headed approach.
``You just envision all the time, when you're pitching in the minor leagues, of how you're going to get this guy or Cecil Fielder out,'' Eshelman said. ``And the things that I had in my visions are happening. It's just great.''
Jose Canseco, John Valentin (sore left leg) and Mark Whiten (strained left hamstring) will not play in the Red Sox's exhibition game tonight in Pawtucket, R.I. Lefthander Zane Smith, who is on the disabled list with sore ribs, and righthander Tim VanEgmond, out with a strained right groin muscle, will pitch for the Red Sox. Smith is scheduled to come off the DL this week and will probably start Saturday against the Yankees. VanEgmond also could be activated this week. . . . Pitching rotation for the Red Sox-Orioles series: lefthander Rheal Cormier (1-0, 4.35) vs. righthander Ben McDonald (0-0, 1.50) Tuesday (7:05 p.m., NESN); righthander Erik Hanson (1-0, 0.79) vs. lefthander Sid Fernandez (0-0, 4.50) Wednesday (7:05, NESN); and righthander Aaron Sele (2-0, 3.00) vs. righthander Kevin Brown (2-0, 4.73) Thursday (7:05, Ch. 38).
And former Sox phenom Andy Yount really cut up his hand when he unknowingly smashed a glass in it while visiting the cemetery.And arachnophobe Glenallen Hill woke up from a nightmare about being chased by spiders and in a frightened semi-comscious state fell through a glass table.