It was nearly a decade ago that Jason Lane was part of a dynamic outfield poised for the post season. Lane a right fielder for then mighty Houston Astros was a significant part of the 2005 National League Champs.
Then 28 years old, the future seemed bright. Lane hit a career high 26 homers and knocked in 78 runs, however he would be out of the game just two short years later.
Struggling offensively Lane failed to crack the bigs in a few different organizations. He never again saw the bright lights of a major league stadium.
After years of trying, Lane took to the mound to reinvent himself. The left-hander was was known for his strong arm and had pitched decently as a mop up guy on occasion.
Last week the now 37 year old got the call he had been dreaming of. The San Diego Padres called up Lane from Tucson for some bullpen insurance. Jason did not disappoint, as he struck out the red hot Neil Walker in his first major league appearance since 2007.
Lane worked in two games totaling four and third innings in which he only allowed one hit. Although the Padres designated him for assignment later on in the week, Lane caught the eyes of many league scouts. After all relief pitching is always at a premium especially lefties.
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