With Guillermo Mota’s 100-game suspension today, the blogosphere has swiftly championed top pitching prospect Heath Hembree as the one who should replace Mota in the Giants’ pen.
Hembree has been exceptional as Triple-A Fresno’s closer this season. The burly 6-foot-4 right-hander has nailed down eight saves this season as part of a very effective Grizzlies bullpen.
However, according to Bobby Evans, Giants Vice President of Baseball Operations, Hembree is “unlikely” to get the call at this time.
For the time being, the Giants are reportedly reactivating Aubrey Huff from the 15-day disabled list to take Mota’s spot on the roster. With just 11 pitchers now on the active roster, though, the team will almost certainly be adding another pitcher sooner than later. San Francisco has just one off-day over the next three weeks.
This is the second suspension of Mota’s career. He was previously suspended for 50 games at the outset of the 2007 season while with the Mets. The veteran right-hander is reportedly appealing the current 100-game suspension. Mota has posted an 0-1 record with a 5.06 ERA in nine games this season.