Ozzie Guillen wrote down the name “Mike MacDougal’’ in his notebook at the start of spring training, explaining that fixing the reliever was a top priority in the six-week camp.
As Chief Brody said in Jaws – “You’re going to need a bigger boat.’’
"Mac-Enigma'' remained a batting practice pitcher at best on Monday, surrendering a two-run home run to Kansas City’s Damon Hollins that tied the game in the sixth and eventually led to a Royals win. So far this spring, MacDougal has allowed five runs on five hits and two homers in two innings of work.
"He's our project," Guillen said of MacDougal after the loss to the Royals. "He's got to fight through this. I still think he can take care of it."
If he doesn’t soon, expect general manager Ken Williams to at least explore what the market would offer for a player with Cy Young stuff, but Class AA results.