Esmerling Vasquez has been far tougher on right-handed
batters than on lefties in his minor league career.
The former starter ranks among the team's best pitching
prospects; FutureBacks.com ranked him 14th overall among
prospects last offseason before he endured a slow
recovery from from a slight labrum tear he
sustained in the 2007 Arizona Fall League.
Vasquez showed this spring that he has fully
recovered by posting a 0.93 ERA with one save in six
games for Reno. He fanned nine batters in 9.2
innings while walking three, appearing to be far more
comfortable in relief since his shoulder injury.
"It's my dream," Vasquez said of being called up.
"It's just very exciting."
Vasquez or Bobby Korecky will likely get sent back
down to Reno once the rehabbing Tom Gordon is declared
ready to go.
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