mulder's next rehab start to take place friday night in memphis vs iowa. if it goes well, he'll be in line to start a week from tonight in st louis vs these very same reds.
more news from memphis: brad thompson's been recalled, replacing john rodriguez on the roster. bullpen is short, thanks to looper's back spasms and the 2-inning start from marquis last night; a necessary bit of roster management.
and yet another memphis item: chris narveson returned from the dl to throw 5.2 shutout innings last night; walked 0, whiffed 7, gave up but four singles to a lineup that scored 17 runs vs the memphis staff the previous night . . . .
prospects threw well up and down the system last night. mike parisi looked sharp at springfield; he has stopped striking people out lately, but a 4.01 era in that league, that ballpark ain't bad. he looks to be on track for a promotion to memphis next year. at palm beach, jaime garcia evened his record at 3-3 with 7.1 strong innings. induced 16 groundball outs, vs just 3 fly balls. still adjusting to high-a; still wowing the scouts. and tyler norrick blew em away at quad cities, striking out 9 guys in 4 perfect innings of relief. the starting pitcher in that game, donnie smith, is somewhat of a forgotten man -- a 4th-rounder out of old dominion from the 2004 draft, he made a strong debut in short-season A but got hurt last season and had to shut it down after just 5 games. last night's start was his 10th this year; never heard of him before last night, but it's said that he used to throw it pretty hard.