Rochester Red Wings manager Greg Biagini had said he'd given Mike Linskey every opportunity to prove himself, but after the Loyola High graduate gave up four runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Buffalo Bisons last Thursday, Biagini said he had to make a decision.
Linskey was sent down to the Class AA Hagerstown Suns on Friday.
"It's that part of the season now, more than 50 games in," Biagini said. "This is where teams settle in. We're on an upward climb. We can't afford to keep him in games and give him innings. We tried to let him develop. There comes a time where you have to make a decision."
Linskey has had only two solid outings, when he gave up three runs over 13 innings. Take those away, and he was 0-5 with a 9.64 ERA.
"I'm not really upset about the decision," he said. "I don't feel like I really earned a spot on the pitching staff up here."
* MISCELLANEOUS: Left-hander Jim Poole, who had 2 saves in his first 3 appearances, has taken over the role of closer in the restructured bullpen. Chris Codiroli, called up from Hagerstown when Francisco de la Rosa (hamstring) went on the disabled list, will be a setup man, along with Rob Woodward. . . . Right-hander Stacy Jones did not give up a run through his first 5 appearances. His first 4 were in mop-up situations, but he received his fifth chance Friday in the ninth inning of a tie game. He recorded his first Class AAA victory with help from Scott Meadows' 3-run home run in the top of the 10th. . . . Chito Martinez hit his International League-leading 13th home run LTC Monday, but his hitting streak ended Tuesday night at 11 games. . . . Shane Turner extended his hitting streak to 11 games Tuesday. . . . Since ending a season-high 8-game losing streak, the Red Wings have gone 17-8 and raised their team batting average 23 points. They have scored 14 runs 3 times in the past week, and 3 times forced their opponent to bring in a position player to pitch the last inning. In the past 18 games, they have outscored their opposition, 133-62, and out-homered it, 20-4. They batted around twice during Sunday's 14-5 victory over Indianapolis. . . . OF Luis Mercedes missed 6 games because of a sprained little finger on his right hand sustained in a crashing slide into third base.