The bullpen talk seems to stem largely from these comments, reported on ESPN June 7:
"Escobar (torn labrum) threw from a mound on Friday for the first time since his injury was diagnosed, the Orange County Register reports. Escobar threw 15 pitches after going through his usual flat ground routine.
Spin: Escobar probably won't start when he eventually returns. 'I don't think I'll be a starter this year,' said Escobar. 'I think they want to take it easier on my arm this year, make sure I get my health back and let me help the team in the bullpen. And you know, our starting rotation has been very good. Those guys have been very good.'"
But since then, they do seem to be working his pitch count up to the higher ranges. It is definitely something to keep an eye on.
"This guy leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair..."