Not too much for news coming out of Dunedin at the moment. They have their first intrasquad game today and then another one tomorrow. Aaron Hill is sitting out the game because of a 'slight quad pull' but John Lott has pictures of him taking ground balls at second, so I'm guessing it isn't a big deal.
Gregor Chisholm twitted the line ups:
Team Gray: Gose (cf), Mastroianni (rf), Lawrie (3b), Thames (lf), Cooper (1b), d'Arnaud (DH), Jeroloman (c), Hecchevarria (ss), Diaz (2b)McDade (DH2)
Team Black: Davis (cf),Escobar (ss),Bautista (3b),Lind (1b), Rivera (rf, Encarnacion (dh), Patterson (lf), McDonald (2b), Arencibia (c), Molina (dh2)
Romero, Drabek, Henn, Farina and Alvarez will pitch for the Black team. Stewart, Reyes, Abreu, Carreno for the Grays.
They will have another Intrasquad game tomorrow and then start their regular spring games on Friday.
Speaking of Dunedin, seeing that it is a beautiful -25 here at the moment, I'm really starting to consider going down there for a week of games. Has anyone been down for spring training before? The idea of sitting in the sun and watching baseball is very appealing.
Not much else for Blue Jay news other than:
"I don’t know whether it’s all these young guys or maybe from the coaching staff, or maybe the manager’s influence, but I’m feeling a different atmosphere," Aaron Hill said earlier this week. "I don’t know quite what it is, but I like it."
You see these stories every year. I don't think it is meant as a knock on Cito or anything.
- Frank Francisco is throwing off a mound again, so his shoulder soreness must be gone.
- Cards Ace Adam Wainwright got a second opinion on his elbow and unfortunately the diagnosis is the same, Tommy John surgery is in his future. I'm sure that will bring great joy to people from other teams.
- And my wife thinks I already watch too much baseball. Oh, MLB would like you to know that you don't have to watch every pitch, you can watch all the games at once. Yeah that makes it better.