Friday, March 18, 2011
Two Week Notice
Well, we're two weeks away from Opening Night in Tampa Bay.
It's hard for me to read into every little detail that comes out of spring training, since you never know what players are working on during exhibition games. For me, it's all about who's healthy and who's not. And right now there are four players who are still battling injuries and trying to get into games.
Those players are Justin Duchscherer (hip), Koji Uehara (elbow), Brian Roberts (back) and Derrek Lee (wrist). According to Rotoworld, all of these players are practicing and could see playing time within the next week, and all of them are still on schedule to be ready by opening day.
However, the chances are slim that Duchsherer will be ready to go, given his injury history. And my money is on Koji to suffer a setback sometime soon as well. And since Lee hasn't gotten into a game yet so far, it is unlikely he'd be ready for regular season games by opening day, too. That leaves Roberts, who has his own tough injury history, but out of the four, I'd say he's the best bet to be ready by opening day. And he's played in 4 games thus far.
As for healthy players, here's who's hot and who's not:
On the pitching side:
So take from that what you will. Overall, I'd say spring training is cruising along nicely so far with only four players dealing with injuries. Unfortunately, all four players are supposed to be key contributors in 2011.