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Player Projections Blog - March 26th
The D-backs Edgar Gonzalez
has pitched extremely well this spring, since March 9th. Gonzalez
has pitched 19 Innings, while only allowing 14 baserunners, 3 Earned
Runs on 12 Ks. During his 5 year minor league career Edgar
posted unspectacular results: 43-36 W/L, 3.79 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 6.3
k/9, 2.0 BB/9. He's only a consideration in deep leagues, as he'll
likely post mediocre yet decent numbers (in the 4.40 ERA/ 1.35 WHIP
Although Carlos Villanueva
has been banished to the bullpen, those in deeper leagues should
keep tabs on the Milwaukee rotation as Carlos will have an impact at
some point during the season.
Ted Lilly posted his best
outing of the spring going 6 and only allowing 2 baserunners. We're
expecting Lilly to post career numbers this year as he moves to the
NL and his fastball appears to have returned to his pre 2005 status.
Lilly's biggest hurdle throughout his career has been a high Walk
rate, we are encouraged seeing him only walk 4 batters in almost 20
IP this spring.
The Rangers Kameron Loe
made a strong bid for the #5 slot with his innings of 5 hit
ball yesterday. However, not a recommended fantasy guy in any
Boston's Josh Beckett was
vintage yesterday going 7 innings and only allowing 3 hits (3
walks). He K'd 7 as well. Beckett's arsenal has been impressive this
spring, he's struck out 31 batters in just 25. Look for Beckett to
have a nice rebound this year.
Atlanta's Chuck James is
one of my projected breakout pitchers this year. Yesterday he
allowed only 2 hits over 6, but did allow 4 Walks. For those
who are not familiar with James' minor league career, consider that
he blew through with a 26-13 W/L, 2.09 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and a 10.5
I like Zach Grineke and it
has nothing to do with the fact that he has the face of a 12 year
old little leaguer (who also resembles our own
Drew Dinkmeyer), or the fact that he's worked himself back
from a career threatening anxiety disorder. Grineke has great stuff!
Grienke was the Royals best prospect (in 10 years) when he came up
in 2004. With the inclusion of his slow rehabilitation in 2006,
Grienke finished his minor league career with a 1.06 WHIP and 24-8
W/L. His 7.8 Hits/9, 1.7 BB/9, and .76 HR/9 are all solid indicators
of a ace caliber pitcher. We expecting a big rebound from Grineke in
our projections this year.
Jason Schmidt is only
throwing in the high 80s, it's only spring training and I know that
Schmidt usually leaves something on the table for these games.
However at 34 he's 3 years removed from the once dominant pitcher
that he was in 2003.
The Yankees expected #5 Jeff
Karstens had a blow up yesterday, 2 Innings 6 earned runs. He'll
have these kind of games, as evidenced by his minor league career.
The Pirates Tom Gorzelanny
is not looking anything like the minor league pitcher we scouted in
2005/6, nor like the pitcher who was supurb in his 11 Pirate starts
last season. Through 17 innings, Gorzy has allowed 17 earned runs!
Yusmeiro Petit is another
young "stud" pitcher who unlike Gorzelanny has yet to prove his
worth on a MLB level. Petit dominated throughout his minor league
tour (1.01 WHIP / 10.1 K/9) and has received rave reviews from every
scouting organization in America....yet has failed to produce in his
short major league career. Despite a 9.57 and 2.09 WHIP in 26
innings for the Marlins last year, Petit has an opportunity to claim
the 5th slot in the rotation. However, his 11 earned runs and 23
base runners allowed through 16 innings this spring, doesn't bode
very well for confidence building. I'm backing off my projections on
Petit this AM.
Pirates 6'6"Brad Eldred is on a tear this spring.
The 1st baseman / Right Fielder is giving the Pirates
something to think about as he makes his push for a
unexpected starting role with the Pirates. Eldred has 6 Hrs
this spring, good enough for a .347/.429/.776. The problem is the
Pirates really don't have anywhere to play him. With Andrew
LaRoche a lock at first base, Eldred would have to push Nady
out the door...which isn't likely to happen out of the gate
this year. The problem with Eldred is his eerie resemblance
to Dave Kingman at the plate. It's all or nothing with
Eldred, in his minor league career he's compiled 107 HRs in only 1519 ABs, yet he's
struck out almost once in every 3 ABs (464/1519)! He doesn't
walk either (127/1519 Abs) so he's doesn't look like a full
time player at this point.
Here are some press notes from the team beat
writers this morning which have affected the Projections (which are
downloadable daily through your software):
Adrian - Sea/3B: According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Beltre
was hit on the back of his head during the fifth inning Sunday. He took
first base after a brief consultation with trainer Rick Griffin, but he
was replaced by Dawkins to start the bottom of the second. Beltre was hit
by a pitch from Jason Windsor, one of the competitors for the No. 5 spot
in Oakland's rotation. He was the second Seattle hitter to get dinged in
the back of the head this spring. It happened to Kenji Johjima last Sunday
against the Brewers."
Lastings - NYN/OF: The New York Post reports that "The Mets' grand
plans for Lastings Milledge nearly blew up yesterday in the ninth inning
of an 11-3 loss to the Astros, when Milledge was hit on the right hand by
a Matt Albers pitch. Milledge said the pain in the hand felt just as it
did in 2004, when he was hit in the exact same spot, fracturing the hand
and putting him out of action for seven weeks. Although Milledge was in
great pain, X-rays were negative and the injury was described as a
contusion. He will be shut down for at least a few games. Milledge is
hitting .352. Shawn Green is batting .136, and the two figure to platoon
Jeff - NYA/RP: According to the New York Post, "With staff ace Chien-Ming
Wang on the shelf until late April at the earliest due to a pulled right
hamstring and Andy Pettitte nursing a balky back, Jeff Karstens was yanked
yesterday following the second inning of a 9-5 loss to the Tigers at Joker
Marchant Stadium due to a stiff right elbow. Karstens, the likely
replacement for Wang, will be examined today and sent for tests on the
Wandy - Hou/P: The Houston Chronicle reports that "The third inning
proved painful for lefthander Wandy Rodriguez on Sunday afternoon against
the Mets at Tradition Field. Shortly after third baseman Morgan Ensberg
dropped a blooper to let the Mets tie the score at 3, Rodriguez called for
manager Phil Garner and assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones after
throwing three straight balls to Ben Johnson. Pointing to a divot in front
of the pitching rubber, Rodriguez alerted Garner, Jones and pitching coach
Dave Wallace to a mild bruise on the inside of his left foot. He suffered
the irritation while dragging his foot, he said."It's nothing grave," said
Rodriguez, who had mild swelling on the inside of his left foot. "I put
ice (on it), and I'm feeling better." Rodriguez walked Johnson, but he
induced a groundout to the mound from Mike Pelfrey to end the inning. The
Mets batted around in the third, scoring three runs (two earned) with
three walks and two doubles. Rodriguez was pleased with his changeups and
curveballs, but he didn't have much success with his two-seam fastball.
... Garner gave Rodriguez credit for working on his two-seamer, a pitch
the Astros want him to improve."
Toby - ChA/C: The Arlington Daily Herald reports that "Hall might be
sidelined for an extended period with a sore right shoulder. After
catching the first six innings against Texas, Hall moved to first base to
replace Eduardo Perez, who has been hampered by a sore right calf since
March 14. In the ninth inning, Hall dove to his right and gloved a
groundball off the bat of the Rangers' Ramon Vazquez. Hall landed
awkwardly on his shoulder and immediately knew something was wrong. Brian
Ball, the White Sox' assistant trainer, came out and popped Hall's
shoulder back into place before escorting him off the field. "(It was)
just numb,'' Hall said. "Like a knot in there. Once he popped it, it
released. It's tough to explain. Just a numbness.'' Hall had an X-ray on
the shoulder, and he's scheduled for an MRI this morning. He doesn't think
the injury is that serious."
Juan - ChA/SS: According to the Arlington Daily Herald, "Uribe exited
with "mild'' irritation in his right calf, but the injury doesn't appear
serious. In the fourth inning, Uribe drifted out into short left-center
attempting to make a catch on a pop fly. But the White Sox' starting
shortstop pulled up to avoid colliding with center fielder Darin Erstad.
Uribe stayed in the game but exited in the top of the fifth. "Uribe will
be fine,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. Uribe is scheduled to play in a
minor-league game today."
Bubba - Cin/OF: The Cincinnati Post reports that "Outfielder Bubba
Crosby's locker was empty Sunday, a day after he was designated for
assignment to Class AAA Louisville. Crosby still has until 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday to accept the assignment or become a free agent."We just felt like
he was behind a couple of other guys for that spot," said Reds general
manager Wayne Krivsky. "Doing it when we did, we gave him a chance to hook
on with someone else or report (to Louisville)."Crosby hit .276 with a
home run and seven RBIs in 16 games for the Reds this spring."
Bronson - Cin/P: According to the Cincinnati Post, "On Saturday, Reds
starter Bronson Arroyo wanted to see if he could throw an entire game
without throwing a breaking pitch. The result? Six innings, 90 pitches,
five hits, no runs and six strikeouts against the Philadelphia Phillies.
"We've got to face these guys during the season so I didn't want to show
them too much," Arroyo said. "I wanted to see what would happen." Although
amused by the experiment, Narron said he wasn't too surprised by the
results. "There are a lot of guys who can probably do that," Narron said.
"You look at Kyle Lohse, he can probably do that. If they've got a good
changeup, it's possible."
Jr., Ken - Cin/OF: According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Ken Griffey
Jr. did not play Sunday. Narron said the plan is for Griffey to play
today, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. "He'll start at least all the home
games," Narron said. "We'd like to get him 20 plate appearances. That
would be great." Narron had not talked to trainer Mark Mann about
Griffey's hand Sunday. "If it was a problem, I think Mark would have
called me," Narron said.
John - Tor/P: According to the Toronto Sun, "John Thomson, who
experienced shoulder soreness after throwing in a minor-league game on
March 19, will throw in the bullpen. "We'll see where he's at," Gibbons
B.J. - Tor/RP: According to the Toronto Star, "Blue Jay closer B.J.
Ryan threw 35 pitches off a bullpen mound yesterday, then assured he had
no concerns about being ready for opening-day. Limited to three one-inning
appearances this spring - the last on March 11 - is scheduled for another
side-session tomorrow, an inning in a minor-league game Thursday and an
inning in Jays' Florida finale Saturday against Cincinnati. "I'm getting
the work in; I'll be fine," said Ryan."
Brandon - Tor/RP: The Toronto Star reports that "Ten days after his
24th birthday, the hard-throwing (but one-time harder throwing)
right-hander Brandon League was yesterday optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
... League, who appeared to have arrived last September, when he logged a
1.29 ERA for his final 14 innings, never tossed a meaningful inning this
spring. A stiff shoulder, strained lat muscles in his upper right side,
whatever, League has simply never been able to get the near-full overhead
extension he requires. He can throw at a three-quarters arm angle but
that's not where his velocity lies. And instead of the 95-96-97 he
regularly bangs on the radar, he was topping out around 88."
Kameron - Tex/P: As the Dallas Morning News reports, "For Rangers
manager Ron Washington, the question still surrounding Kameron Loe is not
about whether he makes the Opening Day roster, but rather where he fits
in. Loe made another push for the starting rotation Sunday with six
effective and efficient innings against the Chicago White Sox in the
Rangers' 10-2 win. Given 75 pitches with which to work, Loe needed just 67
to get through the longest outing by a Rangers starter this spring. He
allowed two runs on five hits and the worst that could be said was his
streak of innings without allowing an earned run ended at 17 2/3 . His ERA
now sits at 0.92. Loe recorded 18 outs; 13 of them came on ground balls
(including three double plays). He did not allow a walk and has allowed
just four in 19 2/3 innings this spring. Before their game tonight against
Seattle, Rangers management will take up the debate over whether it's
better to have Loe as the long man in the bullpen in April or as a fifth
starter who will only get the ball four times through May 1. ... The
candidates for the two jobs are Loe, Jamey Wright, who starts tonight, and
lefty Bruce Chen. It appears only one of the two veterans will remain. The
Rangers must either put Wright on the roster by Wednesday or offer him
free agency. They have until April 1 to make a similar decision on Chen.
... In addition to the overall performance this spring, Loe has recently
shown improvement in two areas that have hampered him in the past: Getting
through the batting order more than once and retiring left-handed hitters.
Loe went through the lineup two times and through the first four hitters
three times. After the first time, the White Sox went 3-for-12 against
him. Also, the three lefties in the order - Scott Podsednik, Darin Erstad
and Jim Thome - combined to go 0-for-8 and did not get a ball out of the
Josh - TB/C: The Tampa Tribune reports that "C Josh Paul, who suffered
a bruised right hand after absorbing a foul tip Friday, might play today
but likely will wait until Tuesday."
Jae - TB/P: According to the Tampa Tribune, "It has been a great
spring on the mound for RHP Jae Seo, but he added something to his arsenal
Sunday. In addition to becoming just the fourth Rays pitcher to throw
seven innings in a spring training game, Seo delivered a broken-bat single
up the middle past a drawn-in Pirates infield to bring home two runs in
the fourth inning."Just lucky," Seo said. "Men on second and third, I was
trying for right field." Those RBIs canceled out the two he allowed that
raised his spring ERA to 1.69. Both came in the sixth inning, but Seo came
back to punctuate his outing with a 1-2-3 seventh."
Dioner - TB/C: As the St. Petersburg Times reports, "C Dioner Navarro
will play his third game since a left hamstring strain and will be under a
pitch count of about 100, Maddon said. Navarro might not play back-to-back
days until late in the week, Maddon said."
Carl - TB/OF: According to the St. Petersburg Times, "LF Carl Crawford
(left groin tightness) should be in the lineup today and CF Rocco Baldelli
(right hamstring tightness) is likely to return Tuesday."
Juan - StL/OF: As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, "right fielder
Juan Encarnacion, who has battled the effects of surgery to repair
ligament damage in his left wrist, will be slowed for three more days, he
said, after taking a cortisone shot in his wrist before Sunday's game."It
feels the same," Encarnacion said. "It's not bad, but there's some
inflammation in the joint and they're trying to loosen up some scar
J.J. - Sea/RP: The Seattle Times reports that "Closer J.J. Putz threw
a 31-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning and emerged unscathed. Putz
threw the first six pitches with the catcher standing close by, then
unleashed 25 fastballs at regular distance."It felt great," Putz said.
"That was probably all I've got right there."Unlike 10 days ago, Putz felt
no stiffness in his elbow from a strained flexor pronator muscle. He
flexed his arm and let out a smile."It's a big relief," he said.Putz plans
to long-toss today, then pitch one inning in a minor-league game tomorrow.
After that, he'll throw another inning in an exhibition game in Las
Jeff - Sea/P: As the Seattle Times reports, "The most expensive fifth
starter in baseball didn't spend Sunday lamenting his new fate.
Mariners pitcher Jeff Weaver instead pitched six innings of a Class A
game, attempting to improve the changeup he'd like to use more against
left-handers this season. Weaver, on a one-year, $8.3-million contract
with Seattle, had been 0-2 with an 8.31 earned-run average and four home
runs allowed in four outings this spring. The team named him its No. 5
starter Saturday, a move that enables them to split up right-handers in
the rotation by placing lefty Horacio Ramirez in the fourth spot. But
Weaver's placing was also partly based on his poor spring results and
inability to throw first-pitch strikes consistently. ... The Mariners
don't plan on skipping any pitchers' starts because of early-season off
days. That means Weaver likely won't get fewer opportunities than the
other four starters.Weaver had mixed results Sunday, going the six innings
and allowing four runs - three earned - on seven hits. He struck out three
and didn't walk anyone, but he wasn't exactly facing major-leaguers.
Throwing the changeup to left-handers could help Weaver get some of his
bloated numbers down. Left-handers hit .340 with a .609 slugging
percentage off him last season compared to .267 with a .438 slugging
percentage by right-handers."
Chris - SD/P: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chris Young
threw 103 pitches across 5 2/3 innings against minor leaguers, allowing
four runs. "I'm right where I need to be,"said Young, who likely will
face the Giants in the season's second game, on April 4."
Brad - Pit/1B: As the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports, "Yesterday,
Brad Eldred started his second game in a row in right field. Jason Bay got
the day off, so Nady started in left against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In
the fourth inning, Nady lost Shawn Riggans' fly ball in the sun, and it
dropped for a double. "He was in perfect position, but the sun ate him
alive," Tracy said."
- Pit/T: The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that "Xavier Nady and
Ronny Paulino could flip-flop in the sixth and seventh spots in the
batting order this season. "I'm still looking at that," Tracy said.
"There's not a bad choice there."
Freddy - Pit/3B: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "General
manager David Littlefield is mulling whether to place second baseman
Freddy Sanchez (sprained knee) and/or lefty reliever John Grabow (elbow
inflammation) on the disabled list to start the regular season. Sanchez
has not played since March 6, and Grabow has been out since March 11. A DL
stint may be backdated a maximum of nine days into spring training, as
long as the player has not appeared in a regular spring training game. "A
pitcher takes a little longer to come back," Littlefield said. "You can
get 10 at-bats in the minors on a daily basis, but you can't (pitch) 10
innings." Sanchez is running straight-ahead sprints in his workouts but
still is not running on the bases. "When Freddy gets to the point where he
has no mental reservations about that, we'll move forward," manager Jim
Tom - Pit/P: As the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports, "Although his
stats this spring are unimpressive, Tom Gorzelanny is not in danger of
losing his spot in the Pirates' starting rotation. Manager Jim Tracy
announced his pitching setup Sunday for the first seven games of the
regular season. Tony Armas made the list, bumping Shawn Chacon into a
bullpen role. So did Gorzelanny, who lugged a 9.60 ERA into his
next-to-last spring start yesterday against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ...
Gorzelanny got off to another bumpy start yesterday, giving up two runs on
two walks and a hit in the first inning. He had full counts on three of
six batters. Tampa Bay crushed the Pirates, 12-4. In five innings,
Gorzelanny gave up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits, walked three
and struck out four. The bloated outing actually lowered Gorzelanny's ERA
to 9.45. In 20 innings, he's allowed 24 hits and 14 walks. He insisted
he'll be ready for the start of the season."
- Pit/T: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that "Andrew McCutchen
walked out of the Pirates' clubhouse yesterday morning with a wide
smile.Probably because, even though he finally was assigned to
minor-league camp after an exceptional spring, he has a strong feeling he
will be back soon.Asked if he is ready to play in Pittsburgh now, he did
not hesitate: "I think I am. Right now. I believe I am, and I think I
showed this spring that I can handle this level." ... McCutchen, 20,
cemented his status as the franchise's most promising prospect this decade
by batting .308 -- 16 for 52 -- with a home run, three RBIs and a steal.
And he was nothing less than sensational in the outfield. ... Despite
that, in somewhat of a surprise, the Pirates decided to send McCutchen to
Class AA Altoona after giving serious consideration to having him start
the season with Class AAA Indianapolis. Littlefield explained that,
because McCutchen has spent only 25 games above Class A -- all with
Altoona at the end of last season -- the team felt that level was the
better choice. ... It is possible, some in the organization say, that
McCutchen will be in Altoona no longer than two months if he does well.
... Two other players, reliever Jim Brower and infielder Yurendell
DeCaster, were assigned to Indianapolis, leaving 35 players in camp. More
cuts are likely today and tomorrow."
Cole - Phi/P: The Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News reports that
"Cole Hamels finished last season on a roll, going 6-3 with a 2.60 ERA and
76 strikeouts in 691/3 innings over his final 11 starts. But Hamels had
been searching to regain that form this spring. Yesterday, he may have
found it in pitching 62/3 innings of two-run, six-strikeout ball in a 10-2
win over Minnesota. ... Hamels had his dazzling changeup and threw good
fastballs away. He is still working on throwing inside fastballs. Two of
them drifted over the plate and were hit for home runs, by Rondell White
and Luis Castillo. No biggie. Mr. Hamels is ready for Game 2 of the
season, April 4 against Atlanta."
Russ - SF/P: As the Contra Costa Times reports, "Russ Ortiz pitched
seven strong innings and increased his pitch count to 90 in an intrasquad
game at Scottsdale."
- SF/T: As the Contra Costa Times reports, "The Giants began Sunday with
37 players on the spring roster. All except one will travel to San
Francisco when the team breaks camp on Wednesday. But it won't be long
before Tim Lincecum earns himself a ticket north. The Giants
reassigned Lincecum to Triple-A Fresno, where he will pitch out of the
Grizzlies rotation. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, pitching coach Dave
Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner met with the prized right-handed
prospect. They didn't need to give him much advice. ... The Giants toyed
with the idea of breaking camp with Lincecum -- perhaps even using him in
relief to help bandage their oozing bullpen. But general manager Brian
Sabean and vice president Dick Tidrow decided that his arm was too
valuable. Lincecum, 22, held out a shred of hope he'd make the Opening Day
roster just nine months after the Giants took him with their first-round
draft pick. ... Lincecum isn't on the 40-man roster yet, but he could be
the first line of defense if an injury befalls one of the Giants' starting
five. ... Lincecum was 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA in three Cactus League
appearances. He got roughed up once by Milwaukee, but in his next outing
against Seattle, he tossed three shutout innings and struck out four."
Rich - Oak/P: The Contra Costa Times reports that "Rich Harden
struggled with control but still threw six shutout innings in a minor
league intrasquad game. He walked five, but allowed just one hit and no
walks over his final two innings."
Jason - Oak/P: According to the San Jose Mercury News, "Jason Windsor
got a chance Sunday to state his case for the A's fifth spot in the
rotation. He wasn't sensational in his five innings, but he surely wasn't
disappointing. Translation: There's still a big "TBA" written next to that
No.5 slot after a 10-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Phoenix Municipal
Stadium."As far as making a decision, we still have (12) days until the
fifth starter has to pitch in a regular-season game," assistant general
manager David Forst said. "We don't have to make that decision today."The
A's were hoping Joe Kennedy would salt away the position by now, but he
has posted a 20.48 ERA in four Cactus League starts. Brad Halsey, who
pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief of Windsor and also is in the running,
owns a 7.94 spring ERA.Windsor, making his second start of the spring,
allowed six hits and four earned runs, but would have had a much better
line if not for a couple of location mistakes. ... Windsor hit the first
batter of the game and gave up a run-scoring double to Raul IbaÃ±ez in the
first. In the fifth inning, he hung a curveball that IbaÃ±ez smacked for a
two-run home run.In between he was efficient, though he was facing a
Seattle lineup without Ichiro Suzuki and Richie Sexson. The run Windsor
surrendered in the fourth was fueled by a flyball that left fielder
Shannon Stewart lost in the sun and a passed ball by Jason Kendall."
Mike - NYN/P: As the Newark Star-Ledger reports, "Pelfrey allowed six
hits and four earned runs in five innings to Houston yesterday, by far his
worst outing of the spring. But no matter. Minutes after the Mets' 11-3
loss ended, the rookie right-hander was called into Willie Randolph's
office and told he'd made the team. ... Pelfrey will pitch Saturday at
Tampa in the Mets' exhibition finale. What happens after that is anyone's
guess. Pelfrey said he was not told he was the team's fifth starter -- a
position the Mets won't need to fill until mid-April -- only that he had
made the team. ... Randolph, who guards personnel decisions with the zeal
of a pit bull left in charge of a T-bone, said Pelfrey would join Tom
Glavine, Orlando Hernandez, John Maine and Oliver Perez in the rotation.
Although Glavine is in line to start Sunday night's opener in St. Louis,
Randolph declined to reveal the order in which his starters would pitch
saying he "wasn't ready to state that yet."
Joe - Min/C: According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Catcher Joe
Mauer, suffering from a stress reaction in his left leg, reportedly was
better. "He's doing good, ready to go," Gardenhire said. "Probably by
Wednesday, he'll be back out there, and hopefully Punto will, too."
Carlos - Mil/P: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that "Pitcher
Carlos Villanueva made his first relief appearance of the spring in the
seventh inning. It is becoming obvious he'll make the pitching staff in
the bullpen and not go to the minors and remain a starter. Villanueva
threw two scoreless innings."
Joey - KC/OF: According to the Kansas City Star, "Joey Gathright
showed no lingering effects from a recent hamstring problem when he
circled the bases for an inside-the-park homer in the fifth. Brewers
center fielder Bill Hall charged in for the one-out liner, and the ball
carried over his head."
Zack - KC/P: As the Topeka Capital-Journal reports, "Thirteen months
after he left the Kansas City Royals' camp to deal with social anxiety,
Zack Greinke is back in the Kansas City Royals' starting rotation. Greinke
will be the Royals' No. 3 starter and will pitch in their opening series
against the Boston Red Sox, manager Buddy Bell said after Greinke's
five-inning stint Sunday in a 7-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. ...
Greinke allowed four hits and three runs, two of those unearned, against
the Brewers. He struck out seven and has a 3.32 ERA in five spring
appearances." Bell also confirmed Jorge De La Rosa will be in the
rotation. That positions Brandon Duckworth and Brian Bannister
in a battle to replace injured Luke Hudson for the final opening.-
- Hou/T: According to the Houston Chronicle, "Lefthander Trever Miller
and righthanders Dan Wheeler and Brad Lidge pitched in an
intrasquad game against Class AA players Sunday in Kissimmee. Miller, who
has yet to allow a run this spring in eight Grapefruit League outings,
gave up three hits and two runs in one inning. Wheeler pitched two
scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Lidge, who has a 12.38
ERA in eight innings this spring, gave up three hits, one run and one walk
and struck out two in two innings. Brad Ausmus caught all three pitchers."
Yusmeiro - Fla/P: According to the Palm Beach Post, "Gonzalez said
right-hander Yusmeiro Petit didn't hurt his chances for winning a rotation
spot despite control problems Sunday in Florida's 12-6 loss to the Red
Sox. Petit allowed three runs on three hits in 41/3 innings. He walked
four batters. Coming into the game, he had walked one batter in 111/3
innings in four games. Petit is competing for the fifth spot with Sergio
Mitre, who starts against the Cardinals today in Jupiter."
Taylor - Fla/RP: As the Miami Herald reports, "Left-hander Taylor
Tankersley, who has not pitched in a game all spring because of tendinitis
in his shoulder, pitched batting practice Sunday and is on schedule to
pitch in a minor-league game either Tuesday or Wednesday."
Carlos - Det/SS: According to the Detroit News, "Carlos Guillen
(bruised shin) was not in the lineup against the Yankees, but he took
batting practice and worked out at shortstop during fielding drills.
Guillen said he expects to be out for "a couple days." Asked if he'd miss
Opening Day a week from today, Guillen smiled. "No chance," he said."
Curtis - Det/OF: The Detroit News reports that "Curtis Granderson had
a scare in the second inning, when his glove hand twisted awkwardly on a
catch in center field. But he was able to play the rest of the game. He
finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs."
Justin - Det/P: As the Detroit News reports, "Instead of starting
against the Yankees on Sunday, Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless
innings in a Double-A intrasquad game. He walked three, struck out eight
and allowed just two hits. The Tigers opted to have Verlander skip the
Yankees' game because his next start is against them. Plus, it gave him an
opportunity -- away from center stage -- to work on some specifics, such
as his change-up. ... Verlander, 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA this spring, has one
more start before the regular season. He's not going to judge it by the
numbers in his pitching line."
Byung-Hyun - Col/P: As the Rocky Mountain News reports, "Byung-Hyun
Kim worked a 1-2-3 inning in a B Game against the Chicago White Sox on
Sunday morning, his first appearance since being told Friday he will be a
relief pitcher. He complained that he wasn't given a fair opportunity to
earn the fifth starter spot."
Troy - Col/SS: The Denver Post reports that "Rookie shortstop Troy
Tulowitzki, named starting shortstop Friday, got another boost Sunday when
he was named winner of the 2007 Abby Greer Award as the Rockies' spring
training MVP. Despite going 0-for-4 on Sunday, Tulowitzki is hitting
Brian - Col/P: According to the Denver Post, "Brian Lawrence, who is
to begin this season on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs,
started the "A" game against the Diamondbacks. He allowed three runs on
five hits in six innings. He made two mistakes, and Eric Byrnes made him
pay by belting two homers. Lawrence said he was encouraged by the outing
and thrilled that his shoulder felt so strong."
Clint - Col/SS: The Denver Post reports that "Shortstop Clint Barmes,
optioned to Triple-A on Friday, is continuing to draw interest from the
Texas Rangers. But according to a major-league source, the Rockies
continue to seek starting-shortstop value for Barmes, and that's putting a
crimp in the Rockies' ability to trade him. Also, the Rangers are no
longer interested in Kim. On Saturday, Kim voiced his displeasure about
the Rockies moving him to the bullpen after they awarded Josh Fogg the No.
5 starter job. But Kim pitched a hitless, scoreless inning in a "B" game
against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday morning."
Kerry - ChN/RP: The Arlington Daily Herald reports that "Cubs manager
Lou Piniella wasn't so much concerned about the 3 runs Kerry Wood gave up
in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. It was Wood's overall
outing that concerned Piniella. "He wasn't as sharp today, obviously,"
Piniella said after watching Wood work 1 inning and give up 3 hits and 3
runs. "The fastball didn't have the life of the last time. We'll see how
he feels (today). I don't know. Forget the 3 runs. He just didn't throw
the ball as well as he did the time before."Wood allowed one-out singles
to Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick in the seventh inning. Jose Molina drove
Aybar home with a groundout, and Kendry Morales followed with a 2-run
homer. For the spring, Wood has pitched 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 7
runs and 2 homers for an ERA of 12.60. The former ace of the starting
staff is trying to come back as a 1-inning reliever after a nonsurgical
rehab of his right rotator cuff. On March 11, he suffered a strained right
triceps while pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers. He came back March
23 against the San Francisco Giants and worked a quick scoreless inning.
Piniella originally said he wanted Wood to pitch three times this week
before the Cubs decided whether to take him north or leave him back for
more work. All along, Piniella has said he won't rush Wood for the sake of
making an opening-day roster. ... Piniella said he didn't know whether
Wood will pitch Tuesday."
White Sox - ChA/T: According to the Arlington Daily Herald, "With a
week to go before the regular-season opener against the Cleveland Indians
at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox continued trimming their roster down
to 25 on Sunday, optioning pitcher Charlie
Haeger to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigning another pitcher, Adam
Russell, to minor-league camp. Haeger, a knuckleballer who was contending
for the fifth starter's spot that officially went to John Danks on
Saturday, was 0-2 with an 8.76 ERA in the Cactus League. ... Russell was
invited to training camp after combining to go 10-6 with a 3.43 ERA at
Class A Winston-Salem and AA Birmingham last season. The 6-foot-8
right-hander stuck around longer than expected after impressing the White
Sox with his explosive fastball and slider. On Sunday, Russell sealed his
fate while allowing 6 runs on 9 hits in 2Â¿ innings of relief against the
Julian - Bos/RP: As the Providence Journal reports, "Julian Tavarez
starts in a minor-league game, joined by Jon Lester."
Beckett, Josh - Bos/P: As the Providence Journal reports, "Until
yesterday, Josh Beckett had issued just one walk in 18 2/3 innings this
spring. But even after he walked three in his final seven Florida innings,
Beckett said he had accomplished his primary spring training goal. "The
key to the spring and the key to the season,"he said after the Sox had
held off the Florida Marlins, 12-6, "is just going to be getting my walks
down. I did a pretty good job. I walked a few guys today, but all in all,
I think the whole spring I only had like four walks."Last season, his
first with the Red Sox and first in the American League, Beckett walked
74, a figure topped by just other four other A.L. pitchers. By fine-tuning
his mechanics and slowing down his delivery, Beckett believes he may have
found the secret to throwing more strikes. ... In seven innings yesterday,
he allowed one run on three hits while fanning seven. For the spring, he's
walked four and struck out 29, a measure of his efficiency. Beckett's
transformation hasn't been lost on the Red Sox, who believe his ability to
better spot his stuff could lead to a big season. If he can get ahead
consistently, he could finally reach his potential."
Travis - Was/1B: The Baltimore Sun reports that "Travis Lee asked for
and was granted his unconditional release by the Washington Nationals
yesterday, making Dmitri
Young the starting first baseman as the club made progress on settling
its 25-man roster."
Nook - Was/OF: The Washington Times reports that "Logan's condition
worsened yesterday. After straining his right groin muscle during
Saturday's game, the center fielder expressed optimism he would be back on
the field soon and ready for Opening Day. But he acknowledged he was
pretty sore yesterday, and manager Manny Acta said Logan will be out "at
least two weeks." "It's just too sore to do anything," Logan said.
"I mean, I don't think it's anything serious. But yesterday it felt a lot
Matt - Was/P: According to the Washington Post, "Rookie left-hander
Matt Chico was hammered for 10 hits and five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings
in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta."
Wilson, Josh - Was/SS: As the Washington Post reports, "Included in
the Nationals' slew of moves was the demotion of right-hander Tim
Redding, who was outrighted to Class AAA Columbus. Redding, considered
a leading candidate to crack the rotation when camp opened, posted an
11.42 ERA in four Grapefruit League outings. He cleared waivers and will
accept the assignment. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan also was optioned to
Columbus. One winner after Sunday's transactions was infielder Josh
Wilson, who essentially won a spot on the team when D'Angelo Jimenez
was reassigned to minor league camp. Wilson is hitting .366 this spring.
Jimenez hit .278 but also committed a team-high five errors. Catcher
Juan Brito, infielder Joe Thurston and left-hander Mike
Bacsik also were reassigned to minor league camp. And to make room on
the 40-man roster, right-hander Jermaine Van Buren and lefty Billy Traber
-- previously optioned to Columbus -- also cleared waivers."
John - Was/P: The Washington Post reports that "John Patterson
described the episode in which he nearly passed out after a routine
workout Saturday morning as "weird," but said Sunday he didn't believe it
would affect his ability to make his Opening Day start for the Washington
Nationals. ... Patterson said he had a normal morning eating waffles, but
became dizzy when he went out to stretch with his teammates. Taking
bunting practice, "I was seeing a couple of balls." He returned to the
clubhouse with the intention of sitting down and clearing his head. ...
Patterson said the care he received, including getting three bags of
fluids intravenously, "couldn't have been better." The club continued to
believe the condition was brought on by dehydration, and he is scheduled
to throw a bullpen session Monday and make his final spring start
Wednesday. Patterson also said he has had an irregular heartbeat his whole
Jaret - Bal/P: According to the Washington Post, "Although he won't
pitch more than four innings in any start this spring training, Jaret
Wright said he still considers himself ready to start the season. Wright
has one spring start remaining, though it will be what Baltimore Orioles
pitching coach Leo Mazzone calls a "cool down" start, meaning he'll likely
pitch just three or four innings. Wright allowed four runs, raising his
ERA to 5.79, in four innings Sunday in a 6-5 win over the St. Louis
Cardinals. ... Wright likely will pitch in the season-opening series
against the Minnesota Twins. He expressed no remorse that he won't pitch
at Yankee Stadium in the season's second series. The Orioles acquired
Wright during the offseason in a trade from the Yankees."
Lance - Atl/RP: As the Macon Telegraph reports, "Cox said likely
fourth starter Lance Cormier will start Saturday's home exhibition against
the White Sox and will be followed by fifth starter Mark Redman.
The Braves were considering letting Redman throw Sunday, the off day
before the season begins in Philadelphia."
Scott - Atl/1B: As the Macon Telegraph reports, "First baseman Scott
Thorman stayed hot at the plate in the wake of the birth of his first
child, Robert.In addition to a rare stolen base, Thorman had a pair of
singles Sunday to up his spring average, after an icy start, to .286.
Thorman is 8-for-19 (.421) with a double, triple and homer in his past
five games. ... Thorman's two hits Sunday came against left-handers, but
he still might not be able to avoid an eventual platoon situation with
free agent Craig Wilson.Cox phrased it this way Saturday in talking with a
national baseball reporter: "Wilson will be over at first some with
Thorman."The plan coming into camp was for Wilson to spend most of his
time in left field, but his arthritic shoulder hasn't allowed him to play
too much in the outfield this spring."
Chipper - Atl/3B: According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution,
"Chipper Jones is surging into the final week of spring training, with a
two-run homer Sunday making him 5-for-11 with two doubles and two homers
in four games since returning from a strained right oblique. "I'm pretty
pleased right now," said the third baseman, who homered Saturday against
Cleveland and again Sunday, a two-run shot to straightaway center against
left-hander Matt Chico. "Not bad from both sides of the plate. I'm
encouraged." He's 8-for-18 with three homers in his past six games.
"Chipper's on fire," Bobby Cox said. "He fine. Nothing's hurt."
Stephen - Ari/SS: According to the Arizona Republic, "Melvin believes
shortstop Stephen Drew has begun to settle into the leadoff spot. Drew
stole his second base of spring training Saturday. "He's getting
comfortable with it," Melvin said. "He's actually having a little fun with
Carlos - Ari/OF: The Arizona Republic reports that "Outfielder Carlos
Quentin (shoulder) did not hit Sunday. He could take batting practice in
the next day or so."
Edgar - Ari/P: As the Arizona Republic reports, "With Edgar Gonzalez
adding Sunday to his strong argument for a rotation spot - even the
calendar suggests Gonzalez is on target to be the club's No. 4 starter -
there would appear to be one more job to be determined. Enrique Gonzalez,
who starts today against the Brewers, and Eveland appear to be the leading
candidates, though right-hander Micah Owings has continued to impress.
"He's still in the mix here," Melvin said of Owings, who has a 1.93 ERA
after throwing four scoreless innings Saturday. Owings still has some
roster hurdles to overcome. He's not on the 40-man roster, and the club
might not want to add him because it needs a fill-in starter only until
Randy Johnson's anticipated return in mid- to late April. ... With the
club heading north in the middle of the week, the team's coaching staff
and front office will hold meetings Tuesday to discuss the makeup of the
Rafael - LAN/SS: As the Los Angeles Times reports, "Little said
decisions on the last two roster spots for position players will wait
until the Freeway Series because of the uncertainty surrounding shortstop
Rafael Furcal's sprained ankle. Furcal said he should be available opening
Jason - LAN/P: As the Los Angeles Times reports, "Schmidt, who signed
a three-year, $47-million deal during the off-season, gave up one run in
five innings to shrink his earned-run average to 5.06. But only three of
his 95 pitches touched 90 mph. "That's been his pattern in previous
springs, according to the people around here who knew him when he pitched
for San Francisco," Little said. "He'll be fine." Those people would
include General Manager Ned Colletti and head trainer Stan Conte. "There
was definite improvement," Schmidt said. "I still had some lapses. I'm
usually a guy out there experimenting in the spring. But I'm definitely
- LAN/T: The Los Angeles Times reports that " spring as slow as syrup
got sticky Sunday as prospects James Loney and Matt Kemp fretted over
their fate, Jason Schmidt struggled to reach 90 mph with his fastball,
Manager Grady Little all but apologized for a miscommunication with
pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo and Brett Tomko was handed the No. 5 spot in the
rotation despite not pitching well. But some things never change - Larry
Bigbie got another big hit. In their last home game of the spring, the
Dodgers defeated the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, when Bigbie followed Russell
Martin's pinch-hit and Loney's third hit with a single that drove in both
runners when right fielder Casey Blake misplayed the ball. Juan Pierre
yelled, "Camp MVP," when Bigbie entered the clubhouse, and the non-roster
invitee, who is batting .394 in his quest to win a roster spot after
several injury-plagued seasons, was congratulated by Loney and outfielder
Kemp. Even though Bigbie's push could keep one or both of those highly
regarded young players off the opening-day roster. Loney, who is batting
.444 after hitting .380 in triple A last season, said that the mere
thought of getting sent back to the minors "is like a kick in the
stomach." If the Dodgers keep only 11 pitchers - which Little said is a
90% possibility - Loney should make the team. The same can't be said for
Kemp, despite the fact that he is the top power-hitting prospect in the
organization and the only healthy right-handed-hitting outfielder in camp.
His name has barely registered when a potential replacement for injured
Jason Repko is discussed. ... Bigbie's contract stipulates that the
Dodgers must inform him Wednesday whether he will be on the roster."
Ervin - LAA/P: The Los Angeles Times reports that "Ervin Santana, who
has been working this spring to tighten up his slider, threw 6 1/3 superb
innings Sunday, giving up one run and four hits, striking out four and
walking one, his only blemish a grooved 2-and-0 fastball that Cliff Floyd
belted for a solo home run in the fifth. ... Kendry Morales capped a
three-run seventh with a two-run homer off Cubs reliever Kerry Wood, and
reliever Justin Speier, after walking Floyd with the bases loaded in the
eighth, got out of the jam by getting Daryle Ward to bounce into a 3-6-1,
inning-ending double play."
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