For the record, it is muh-JESS-skee. Like shuh-SHEF-skee. And you might want to learn how to pronounce it, because Gary Majewski is one of those non-roster invitees who has a chance to stick. In three spring training appearances, he has pitched six scoreless innings, and has struck out six while allowing just two hits. As the brass like to say this time of year, it's early, but Majewski has shown flashes of the same pitcher who was at the top of his game with the Nationals in 2005, when he appeared in 79 games and had a sub-3.00 ERA.
Other non-roster invitees who have had success early include Philly native Mike Koplove (three scoreless innings, three strikeouts, no hits, one walk) and former Astros reliever Dave Borkowski (2 2/3 scoreless). But in today's paper, we focus on Majewski's story, and it's an interesting one. He's gone through a lot the past three years, losing his half-sister Cortney in an ATV accident and struggling with shoulder problems that derailed his once-promising career.
Majewski's roster chances would be bolstered if Chan Ho Park wins a spot in the rotation, because he is capable of pitching multiple innings. But even if Park heads to the bullpen, Majewski should have a shot, because there will still be at least one open spot until lefthander J.C. Romero returns from a 50-game suspension.
Here's the story. . .
We did a brief story awhile back on the influx of veteran talent at the back end of the spring training talent pool. Guys like Majewski and Koplove are one example. Another comes in the utility infielders that are in camp. Guys like Miguel Cairo, Pablo Ozuna and Marcus Giles have all had their moments thus far this spring. Bill Conlin offers his take on the situation here.
Paul Hagen raises the question in his column: what should we expect out of Jayson Werth this season? It's an interesting talking point, seeing as though Werth entered last season as a platoon player and only spent a couple months as the every day rightfielder.