I think it is always harder at the major league level to “work on stuff” rather than doing whatever gives you the best chance of getting the batter out right now, even when you’re pitching on a last place team. Maybe it shouldn’t be that way, but I think that’s how it is.
AAA is for the Pat Valaika-type player to be ready to fill in at the major league level for a couple of weeks when someone on the big-league squad goes on the DL. It's common for top prospects to spend no time in AAA between AA to MLB.
There is a school of thought that skipping AAA is no big deal and that AA has the more elite prospects.
I don’t care if any of our guys ever see AAA. They should be brought up when they get to the point where they don’t have anything left to learn in the minors that can’t be taught up here, especially while the team sucks and doesn’t care about winning.
Freddy Galvis was scratched from today's lineup for an undisclosed reason.
Richie Martin (recovering from hamate bone surgery) has begun taking batting practice.
Alex Wells (oblique) is now "able to play catch".
Chris Davis remains day to day.