They are names that teams sign in the offseason to minor league deals and hope that they'll never end up pitching a game for the major league team at any point. If anything, they are there for minor league depth, to eat innings, fill various roles so young arms don't get hurt.
But on Sunday, all three of those names will have one thing in common.
They'll have started a game for the Cleveland Indians. It's been a few years since the Indians have had to resort to names of this ilk, but they will on Sunday in their need to replace Derek Lowe in the rotation.
While it may be just temporary, Chris Seddon will get the call on Sunday and join the ranks of the Ginter's and Ohka's that team would have rather not used, but had to. With Roberto Hernandez steadily getting his games in and his suspension evaporating by the days that pass, he'll actually be in line to take that rotation spot Seddon is filling when his suspension does expire.
It was in 2009 that the Indians had to call upon the services of Tomo Ohka, the last time the Japanese right-hander saw a major league mound. In six starts Ohka had a 7.44 ERA for the club, going 0-5. He was then moved to the bullpen where he had a little more success but ultimately was just a rather small footnote in the Indians struggles that 2009 season.
It was history that repeated self actually because the year prior to, the Indians were forced to call upon veteran Matt Ginter to fill a similar void. Ginter's first start was actually good in that he gave the Indians five shutout frames and earned a win, his first in the majors since 2004. Ginter's remaining three games were not bad either despite losing all three, he went six innings in two and at least filled some sort of the void the Indians had for a few weeks.
You can go to any club on a yearly basis and find names like these that resurface for a start or two. Teams that are out of contention and perhaps injured to the point of having no other options usually turn to them in order to eat up innings and not have to throw a young player to a pack of major league hitting wolves before they are ready. The Indians are simply at a point where they just need some zeros so they're turning to someone having a pretty decent season in Triple-A. Seddon has only pitched in seven major league games, back in 2007 for the then Florida Marlins.
He had an ugly 8.83 ERA in 17.1 innings of work. Now he makes his first start in the American League for the Indians and looks to maybe actually have a greater impression than the one he left in Florida. He's also the first left-handed pitcher that will start for the Indians this year. Seddon is 11-4 with a 3.44 ERA overall this season in 20 starts for the Clippers.
God speed Chris Seddon, for if you don't do well, you forever mark yourself in Matt Ginter and Tomo Ohka lore.
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