The feel good story of Jason Lane will continue in San Diego until at least March 2015 as the Padres signed the 37-year-old restructured outfielder now pitcher Jason Lane to a minor league contract.
One of the better stories from the 2014 season, Jason Lane was called up from Triple-A El Paso in July to fill in the rotation as starting pitcher Ian Kennedy was out with an oblique injury. Lane made one start and pitched in two other games with a 0-1 record, 0.87 ERA and six strikeouts before getting out righted at the end of July 2014.
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Lane made his major league debut in 2002 with the Houston Astros and was part of the 2005 N.L. Champion team as an outfielder. After his offense sputtered in 2006 and 2007, he tried out pitching and became the ninth oldest pitcher in Major League history to make his pitching debut in 2014. Lane made his start against Atlanta on July 28th, working with his 90-mph fastball and effective slider; he went six innings, only giving up six hits and a run, an Evan Gattis home run. It was his lone loss of the year and was a bummer since no one could score for Lane.
Tough to say where he will fit in in 2015, but he could be seen as an early innings reliever in the bullpen or a backup in Triple-A just like last season, if he makes the cut in Peoria.