As MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes explained yesterday in looking at NL West out-of-options players, the Diamondbacks already have a seeming logjam in the bullpen. Nevertheless, the team agreed to a two-year deal today with southpaw Oliver Perez. That may be a reflection of the team’s view of fellow lefty Joe Thatcher, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Indeed, manager Kirk Gibson had said earlier today that the club would not carry a left-handed reliever if none warranted a roster spot, Zach Buchanan of AZCentral.com reports. ”You’ve got to have people that can command the zone,” Gibson said, possibly an oblique reference to the control issues last year of Thatcher and Tony Sipp. Thatcher was the only MLB piece that came to Arizona in the Ian Kennedy trade, and recently agreed to a $2.375MM deal to avoid arbitration.
Left-hander Brett Anderson says he is enjoying Spring Training again, that he is healthy and feeling good for the first time in more than three years. That is just what the Rockies want to hear, writes columnist Tracy Ringolsby.
The Rangers are at about the halfway point of Spring Training. They have not reached that mark at full gallop. A team that spent the winter focusing on improving its offense has had to abruptly shift focus back toward the pitching staff.
Ricky Romero allowed just a bloop single and one walk over both a scoreless seventh and eighth inning on Friday. The performance left him fired up, and the emotion was even more evident in the reaction of his teammates.
Ubaldo Jimenez threw two perfect innings and struck out three batters in the Orioles’ 15-4 win over the Phillies. He threw 17 of his 25 pitches for strikes, mixing in a few sliders and splitters with his two-seam fastballs.
D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has not played in Cactus League games for the past two days due to stiffness in his legs, but is expected to play against the Angels on Saturday.
A’s catcher Derek Norris was scratched from Friday’s lineup against the D-backs because of back spasms. Bob Melvin said Norris has been dealing with the issue “for a couple of days,” and Norris will remain out of action through at least Saturday.
The Oakland A’s have few players manning the same position on an everyday basis, opting instead field a roster full versatile players they can call on in the right situations. The unorthodox approach has paid off to the tune of back-to-back American League West titles despite a payroll among the lowest in baseball.
Right-hander Ryan Cook, no longer nursing shoulder inflammation that sidelined him in late January, entered his first spring bullpen session pretty certain he would be ready by Opening Day. Twenty pain-free pitches off a mound later, he had no doubt in his mind.
D-backs right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday, was diagnosed with a slight bulging disk. Arroyo underwent an MRI on Tuesday afternoon and was given an epidural Wednesday morning by team physician, Michael Lee.