With nearly a week of Spring Training games in the books, we’re only just beginning to see what the 2012 season could bring. And as the games come, so do the stories, both good and bad, about the guys on the field. In this week’s wrap up, we’ve grabbed some of the best stories and gathered them conveniently into one place.
Through the first four games, the new-look Angels are 3-1, and the buzz continues to grow. Here are a few things the first week has taught us.
Albert Pujols is still really good. He made his debut with an RBI double in his first at bat and is 3-for-7 with two walks thus far.
Dan Haren is a magician when it comes to maintaining his health (knock on wood …). He currently leads the Majors with his 237 innings pitched in the last seven years. Plus, in his nine Big League seasons, he has not missed a single start. The man is a beast!
Also, Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy apparently doesn’t want the Halos knowing all their ST secrets. He had an Angels’ scout removed from Thursday’s workout. Later, it was called a “miscommunication.”
The Brew Crew is 2-2 thus far, and I’m willing to bet going 0-5 wasn’t quite Ryan Braun’s idea of a strong start. But, he did pick up his first hit of the spring on Thursday, and he made it count. The two-run homer was not enough to top the Reds, however, and the Crew lost 8-6.
Earlier in the week, Corey Hart underwent knee surgery that could keep him sidelined for Opening Day. The repair to cartilage in his right knee will take roughly a month to heal — the Brewers open on April 6 at home against St. Louis.
If you need a laugh, join Jeff Bianchi as he watches the video clip of himself pulling a Braun-esque move between third and home. Just watch. Hey, he’s laughing, so we can laugh too, right?! » Continue reading “Weekly Wrap Up: Solid Debuts And Sorta Deep Thoughts”