Junior Lake, who’s dealing with a stress fracture in one of his ribs, was cut from camp yesterday, which isn’t a surprise – both because of his injury and because of his need for AAA experience. Because of the injury, I didn’t want to count his cut as one of the “this cut is the blah-blah-iest” posts. Felt untoward. He’s not expected back into game action until May.
- Scott Feldman on getting blasted yesterday by the White Sox (per the Tribune): “Everyone who’s a competitor wants to do well, but … it’s Spring Training. It’s not something to really hang your head about. It’s more about executing your pitches and continuing to build your pitch count up for the first game in April …. Results aren’t always that indicative of how you throw the ball, especially in spring training in Arizona. At this time of year, you evaluate your work on how you execute pitches and don’t get too concerned with results. If you have a game like that, get it out of the way now in Spring Training [and] learn some things from it.” He’s right about everything he said. I doubt that will comfort too many people, though.
- Ian Stewart, who played in a minor league game on Thursday as he comes back from his quad injury, has full confidence in his surgically-repaired wrist (per Carrie Muskat): “It’s just been such a relief for me knowing that the surgery that I got worked and I have no lingering issues in my wrist and my bat speed feels back. The toughest part for me last year was I could hit [batting practice] all day because they were throwing it down the middle and you could control everything. Once the game came, and pitches were moving and breaking, and I just couldn’t adjust because the wrist was holding me back. Now there’s none of that. My confidence is really sky high right now as far as my hitting and everything goes. I was really surprised at how I was able to feel in the box [Thursday] and tracking pitches and some swings I put on the baseball.” He’ll still have to get in some Cactus League games soon to show it, and start running at full speed (which he hasn’t yet). I don’t think he’s in danger of being cut, though.
- Javier Baez, who hit two homers yesterday against Japan, including a walk-off two-run blast, called the latter shot as he walked to the plate by telling on-deck batter Welington Castillo that Castillo’s services weren’t going to be needed. And then, boom, homer.
- And in case you missed it last night, here’s video of the Javier Baez walk-off blast against Japan (full field). Tim over at Boys of Spring also got some video up close.
- Team USA lost a thriller last night to Puerto Rico, and is now out of the WBC. The fact that this news makes me shrug is pretty much the precise problem with the US’s involvement in the WBC.
- Brett Jackson is missing time right now due to a sore throwing shoulder, but one that does not affect his ability to bat. There still isn’t word on how many games/days this could cost him. Probably just a “rest” thing.
- BN’er Bryan, who hooked us up with the Baez walk-off video, also got video of Dan Vogelbach legging out a double, which may be of some interest to those who wonder about his athleticism. I think he looks surprisingly nimble: