Stone's Throws

By Beachwood Reporter on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Steve Stone ripped Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella on Monday night's Chicago Tribune Live for mishandling several players at once. We have to agree.

Stoney has been a Tyler Colvin champion from the get-go and he handed it to Uncle Lou again for not finding more playing time for the rookie phenom.

"I think he's been handled terribly," Stone said.

Hendry apparently said in spring training that Colvin would get two to three starts a week, which he hardly approached in May. Now he's apparently platooning with Kosuke Fukudome, which Stone says isn't good enough.

"Fukudome's done the same thing, this is the third year," Stone said, meaning start fast and fade faster. "Fukudome is not your future. Tyler Colvin has a chance to be your guy and you have to play him.

Stone also blasted the Carlos Zambrano experiment - and Zambrano himself. "I don't think it's a coincidence that Carlos started to look really good coming out of the bullpen once he was promised he would be returned to the starting rotation.

The bullpen would have been better off, Stone says, if Andrew Cashner, for one, broke with the team out of Mesa, both because he's got great stuff and because he's got closing experience. "He's gonna get everybody out up here, I've looked at his stuff," Stone says.

Finally, Stone gave Carlos Silva his props, but somewhat grudgingly. "He had a tough time in the American League . . . Larry [Rothschild] changed him a little bit, his sinker is better. It doesn't seem he's going to fall off the cliff . . . it is a terrible division."

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