Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Spring Training Notes, Volume 7

--The Royals are looking at 10 different pitchers as possible starters. They are pairing them up for a couple of cycles as Cactus League play begins. This comes from an article in the Star: "Plans call for Gil Meche and Dewon Brazelton to pitch Friday in the first of three straight games against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Odalis Perez and Todd Wellemeyer will pitch Saturday, and Luke Hudson and Zack Greinke on Sunday. Jorge De La Rosa and Brandon Duckworth are scheduled next Monday against the San Diego Padres in Surprise."

--Apparently, Gil Meche has corrected the "mechanical flaw" in his delivery. During his first bullpen workout, his stride was off, which caused his pitches to be high and they didn't have good velocity. Hopefully he was just rusty after the winter break.

--The Royals signed two more players to one-year contracts: Jorge De La Rosa and Carlos Rosa. They still have six unsigned players on their 40-man roster: Brian Bannister, Shane Costa, Joey Gathright, Ken Ray, Ryan Shealy, and Mark Teahen.

--Esteban German is probably going to get quite a bit of playing time at shortstop this spring because right now, the Royals aren't planning to include a back up for Berroa on their roster. That's a scary thought.

--Scott Elarton threw 45 pitches on Monday in this third bullpen session of this year. He said that he was strong and didn't feel any fatigue. He's scheduled to throw 55 pitches on Thursday and eventually move up to throwing BP in March. He's still expected to be ready by May 1.

--If Zack Greinke and/or Brian Bannister don't make the starting rotation, Bell is saying that he will not put them in the pen to start the year. They'll be sent to the minor leagues because the Royals want their "younger guys to be in roles that we see them as in the future." Personally, I think this is the right move. Injuries and trades happen. When they do, Omaha is a short drive.

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