After making his return to the big leagues as a pitcher last week, and appearing in two games on the last homestand, outfielder-turned-hurler Jason Lane will likely now have to continue his story with another big league club.
Sunday, the Padres designated Lane for assignment to make room for the return of Andrew Cashner. Three days later, Lane was outright released from Triple-A El Paso’s roster, putting him back on the market again as a project for another team. This is Lane’s fourth release by a big league club since 2010, as he has tried to make the switch from 6th round selection position player to major league pitcher.
In two appearances for the Padres, his first in the bigs as a pitcher, and first overall since 2007, Lane compiled 4.1 scoreless innings, allowed just a single hit, did not walk a batter and struck out four.
The good news for Lane is the small sample size of success he showed last week. And it was not just the stat sheet that backs up his belief in his ability to be a major league arm. Catcher Rene Rivera was impressed by how Lane threw, telling MLB.com’s Corey Brock, “He had good command of the fastball, not a lot of velocity, a really good change up…a slider that was better than I thought.”
As for Lane himself, he stated his confidence simply: “I just get a feeling I can get people out.”
Now he just will have to convince another organization he and Rivera are correct.