2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of March 6th

Spring Training Quick Hits

An MRI has revealed Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo has suffered a strained adductor muscle and the team has no timetable for his return. The fact that I’m reporting this shows how weak this position truly is…….

Longtime San Francisco Giants clubhouse manager Mike Murphy will testify about Barry Bonds‘ hat size, a Nike employee will discuss the slugger’s feet and prosecutors will show the jury photographs of Bonds’ growing physique during his career, court papers filed Monday showed. The slugger’s trial scheduled to start March 21. Is it me or is this whole thing funny, bizarre and slightly scary all at the same time……

New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran did not participate in any game action for a second straight day Tuesday to rest left knee tendinitis coupled with his chronic right knee woes. Is anyone truly surprised by this news???

Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya is undergoing tests on his sore right elbow and forearm and there’s a chance he might not be ready by Opening Day. Trainer Kevin Rand says no major structural damage was found and the club is being aggressive in trying to identify what’s wrong.

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown had surgery Tuesday morning to remove the fractured portion of his right hamate bone. If he heals normally, he should be able to play again in four to six weeks.

Justin Morneau was back in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins for the first time since a concussion knocked him out July 7. The former AL MVP played first base in a “B” game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday morning. He hit into a fielder’s choice in his first at-bat, then drove in three runs with a double down the line. Since he’s on my fantasy team I’m rooting for him to be ready opening day!

Twins left fielder Delmon Young, who has yet to participate in a regular exhibition game this spring training because of turf toe, also played in the “B” game.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter says he didn’t feel any pain after his latest bullpen session. Carpenter threw on the side Tuesday. It was his second session since he left his spring debut because of a strained hamstring. Again, no surprises with these injury concerns……

Tampa Bay Bucs coach Raheem Morris got a chance to fill in for a day for Joe Maddon, The Rays won in 10. How long into the season before the “We want Raheem” chants start?

Zack Greinke has one rib on his left side cracked and another is bruised. The team says he’ll be ready to throw again in two weeks, but he’ll still need time to make up for all the training he’s missed this spring while battling his sore ribs. Probably not ready for opening day and may be out a start or two beyond that.

Josh Beckett was solid for 3 2-3 innings in his first start since getting hit in the head by a line drive.

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was out of the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Minnesota with back spasms.

With second baseman Chase Utley unable to play in any spring training games due to a right knee injury, the Philadelphia Phillies are exploring non-surgical options.

The Florida Marlins expect Mike Stanton to be ready for the start of the regular season, but his next spring training game may be at least a few more days away.

Brandon Webb threw to hitters for the first time this spring training, throwing 62 pitches during batting practice for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Slowed by tendinitis, the Minnesota Twins’ Francisco Liriano was hit hard during his first start in a regular exhibition game Wednesday, an 11-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Adam Jones had three hits and three RBI in the game.

Barry Zito allowed just two base runners with a hit and a walk over five shutout innings and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday. Zito outperformed Jake Peavy of the White Sox, who allowed one run—an Aubrey Huff shot—and one hit in 3 2/3 innings. Not bad for a guy coming back quickly from shoulder surgery…..

Phillies ace Roy Halladay struck out Jorge Posada with two on and two outs in the sixth inning, a nice finish to a great start in Philadelphia’s 7-0 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday. Yankees starter CC Sabathia also looked great limiting the Phillies to three hits in five shutout innings.

The latest allegations of belligerent behavior by Miguel Cabrera won’t change his status with the Detroit Tigers according to general manager Dave Dombrowski. Documents released by the Florida state attorney’s office accuse Cabrera of threatening a manager at a restaurant shortly before the slugger’s arrest Feb. 16 in Fort Pierce on suspicion of drunken driving. Personally, I’m worried this type of enablement may only make things worse……..

Carl Pavano pitched four more scoreless innings, running his streak to 13 in the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over Minnesota Saturday. Impressive start thus far for Pavano…..

Ubaldo Jimenez is still waiting to hear if he’ll get the start for the Colorado Rockies on opening day—even after pitching four perfect innings Saturday. If he doesn’t it would be a travesty…..

The Washington Nationals have optioned top prospect Bryce Harper to Class A Hagerstown, reasoning that the top overall pick in last year’s draft needs to get more playing time to prepare for the season. I believe if he’s better than what you’ve got in the majors, maybe you should give the kid a shot……

Adrian Gonzalez finally got on the field for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, and he is off to a quick start. Gonzalez hit the first pitch of his first spring game into left field for a single and added a sacrifice fly in the second, pacing Boston to a 9-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun left Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after the top of the first inning because of a strained muscle in his ribcage. He is currently day to day.

Oh, and one last note from this week in baseball. If we add a “s” to Kendry Morales, apparently we get a guy who eventually won’t be best known for breaking his leg trying to reach home plate on a home run trot.

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