Roses are red,
violets are blue,
baseball is almost here
Okay, so that was pretty terrible – I’m better at writing angry poems – but you know what isn’t terrible? The reports we’re getting from Tampa about the players who have arrived early to camp.
Thanks to Twitter, we can get real time reports about what’s going on down in Florida?
For instance Eric Boland of Newsday tweeted a few minutes ago about watching Michael Pineda throw a bullpen session. And just as I was writing that sentence, Boland tweeted again that the session was over and that Pineda was running sprints in the outfield.
I love modern technology.
Let’s stay with the Twitter and pitcher news theme shall we? Boland also reported via the Twitter that Joba Chamberlain threw off a half mound today. Chamberlain also said he’d be speaking to Dr. James Andrews later this week to find out if he can increase his workload. Joba seems like a man on a mission which could be a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, it’s nice to see him so determined to come back but on the other hand you don’t want him to risk injury by rushing his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Phil Hughes, another pitcher who wants to make a comeback of sorts after a not so stellar 2011, has added muscle to his physique.
“I replaced some weight with some muscle,” said the 6-5 Hughes, who said he now weighs 240. “I didn’t lose like 40 pounds or anything, but I feel a lot better, and hopefully it will pay off.”
For Yankee fans hoping they’d be rid of A.J. Burnett as a Valentine’s Day present, well, you may have to wait a few days. It looks like the deal – as sure as it is to happen – may not happen until the weekend at least according to Bob Klapisch. Too bad, so sad for you.
Johnny Damon still doesn’t have a job and according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, it’s because he wants to hit the 3,000 hit milestone. He wants it so badly that he’s losing his good eye at the plate.
Damon’s batting average dropped 10 points from 2010 to 2011, but his on-base average fell a more dramatic 29 points to .326 from .355, his career average entering last year. His walk percentage fell to 7.9 per 100 plate appearances after he had averaged 10.7 over the previous five years, never falling below 10.0.
Hmm, that’s interesting.
And how could I forget? Happy 8th Anniversary of A-Rod Day everyone!