Friday, September 08, 2006

Sonnanstine in clear

Andy Sonnanstine, tonight's starting pitcher for the Biscuits, won't have a pitch count hold him back.

The Devil Rays have cleared Sonnanstine to throw as long as he's effective, leaving it up to Biscuits manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Xavier Hernandez to decide when to pull him.

Sonnanstine led all of minor-league baseball with four shutouts this year, all within a nine-start win streak. Concerned over his workload, the Devil Rays put the clamps down and Sonnanstine hasn't thrown more than seven innings in any start since the streak ended.

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