Salomon Torres who last pitched in the majors in 1997 is throwing a 3-hit shutout against the Braves in Atlanta through the first eight innings. Pittsburgh leads 3-0 on a pair of home runs by Aramis Ramirez and Craig Wilson, both off of potential loser Tom Glavine, who also walked 5 in his seven innings of work.
This brings the total of ballplayers who hadn't pitched since 1997 but are getting a chance this year to two, the Phillies' Joe Roa being the other one. Jose Rijo came back last year after missing five years. It makes one wonder how often this sort of thing occurs. Perhaps further investigation is required.