Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
He earned a trip to the bigs on his pedigree. He earns more playing time with production over and above what the position player he replaces has done. Especially considering the team's chances to win the pennant.
In seasons where pennants aren't at stake, the calculus obviously changes.
But Mesoraco is going to have to earn his playing time. If he can.
Making him earn it in Mesoraco's case has been giving him limited, erratic playing time and judging him based on small sample size. I'm not saying let him flounder all summer in the heat of a pennant race, but earning anything necessitates an actual opportunity.