With Ryan Vogelsong continuing to excel as a starting pitcher for the Giants, questions about his continuation on the starting rotation are beginning to arise. Â Most revolve around the return of Barry Zito, but another factor that is often being overlooked is that of workload.
Vogelsong has never been a workhorse, the likes of Roy Halladay or even Matt Cain for that matter. Â In fact he spent his last few years pitching in Japan as a reliever. Â Just for a reference, he pitched 65.1 innings in ’08, 41.2 innings in ’09, and 95.1 innings in ’10 back in the states with the Triple-A teams of both the Angels and the Phillies. Â Even as a full-time starter with the Pirates in ’04, he only managed 133.0 IP, his career high.