“He was not progressing the way we needed or expected him to,” Luhnow wrote in a text message. “We need to give the valuable innings to other players who deserve the opportunity.
His performance was cited as a reason for the release.
“He had been given substantial opportunities in the organization,” Warner said. “He wasn’t progressing the way we had hoped and the way we thought he would. He was taking innings away from guys we thought were more deserving.”
But it wasn’t enough for the organization. Warner said Herron’s release was based solely on his performance on the field.
I have no idea who Luhnow is referencing in “other players” if they are looking at performance. Herron hasn’t been great but he’s certainly been as good as some of the other guys they keep around (and promote) so that doesn’t add up for me.
All the talk of performance strikes me as odd but at this point, there’s no way for us to know what else it might be. You have to hope the team isn’t being disingenuous when revealing why he was released but teams (not just ours) have been known to DL people for mysterious illnesses; it would be naive to think they aren’t capable of telling the truth but telling it slant.