Poppycock! Lefty-smeftly, just another example of the Phils seemingly having NO idea how the mind of a young player works. Gosh, it is getting so tiresome talking about this. All week Medina was told he was starting on Sunday, all week he prepared for it, all week he talked to Neris and others about how to prepare, how to mentally and physically get ready for what he knew was an incredibly important start. Heck, its not out of the realm of possibility that Medina even envisioned a solid start giving him a leg up on a possible rotation spot next spring.
Even as of Saturday afternoon Medina believed he was starting. Then at the last moment, with no explanation, no real reason other than the Phils seemingly enjoying adding names to their neverending list of "failed prospects", Medina is pulled for a hurler who has never even smelled the green grass of Citizens Bank Park. And unless my eyes deceive me, Crouse was every bit as right handed as was Medina, so the Pirates predominant lefty lineup holds no water as an excuse.
I found this whole episode disgusting on both a team and personal level. If grades were passed out for a teams ability to continue to pull phans in while at the same time give said phans a reason to simply believe nothing will ever change, the Phils would get an A+.
And it would be the only A they have earned in this once again most frustrating and unappetizing season.