News: Manuel Threatens Rotation, Coaches may be Fired

Update, 8:10 am:

Adam Rubin in the Daily News reports, ‘coaches may be on the firing line,’ as well, citing a ‘team insider.’

Also, Rubin adds that if the team is to make a change in the starting rotation, it could come at the expense of Oliver Perez or Mike Pelfrey, ‘who can be optioned to the minors without passing through waivers.’

Original Post:

Following today’s game, Jerry Manuel told reporters that he will use his current set of pitchers one more time through the rotation, and if things do not get better, he will make a change.

“It’s not rocket science,” he explained.  “If they ain’t pitching, then you’ve got to find somebody who will.”

Manuel also said he would like to add an additional relief pitcher to the bullpen for this weekend’s series against the Nationals.

well, i am not sure who from the bench will get the axe, to make room for manuel’s pitcher… i do think this statement is telling, though, since it would suggest he is not happy with the roster that has been given to him… i’m thinking, if manuel gets his way, it could mean a demotion for Jeremy Reed, or the end of Gary Sheffield, who is hitting just .111 and was 0 for 5 against the Cardinals…

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