Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Run Down

We are just a few days into Spring Training 2012 and the news is flowing out of Florida and Arizona as players begin to work out all of the rust accumulatted over the winter.  Catchers and pitchers reported last week and the remaining positional players are set to join their clubs as teams prepare for the start of the Spring Training season.  

Among the most notable news from the weekend is the end of Joel Zumaya's 2012 season...the Detroit Tigers former closer-in-waiting signed on with the Minnisota Twins was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. If he wants to return to baseball, he will need Tommy John surgery.  Zumaya is considering retirement after this latest setback to his career. 

The Cleveland Indians will be working out pitchers to replace Chris Perez as the team's closer for the short term.  Perez, will likely start the season on the disabled list.  Cleveland’s All-Star closer will miss at least one month and possibly six weeks with a strained left side muscle he injured throwing off the mound for the first time in spring training. Perez said Sunday he had thrown about 30 pitches Thursday when he pulled up with what he thought was a cramp.  Instead, he strained an oblique muscle.

Not sure what I make of the current Josh Hamilton situation in Texas.  The All-Star outfielder and former MVP relapsed this past winter - still you can't deny that the guy has put up the numbers to warrent a long term contract extension.   It'll be interesting to see what Nolan Ryan and the Rangers do with Hamilton during spring training and the regular season.  

I took part in my first ESPN draft of the season last night and here is what my roster looks like:

CMiguel Montero, Ari C
1BMichael Morse, Wsh 1B, OF
2BRyan Roberts, Ari 2B, 3B
3BBrett Lawrie, Tor 3B  DTD
SSElvis Andrus, Tex SS  DTD
2B/SSDustin Ackley, Sea 2B
1B/3BAdam Lind, Tor 1B
OFJacoby Ellsbury, Bos OF
OFJustin Upton, Ari OF
OFShin-Soo Choo, Cle OF
OFLogan Morrison, Mia OF  DTD
OFJason Kubel, Ari OF, DH
UTILBilly Butler, KC DH
PFelix Hernandez, Sea SP
PDavid Price, TB SP
PMatt Moore, TB SP
PDrew Storen, Wsh RP
PYu Darvish, Tex SP
PRyan Madson, Cin RP
PBrandon League, Sea RP
PTyler Clippard, Wsh RP
PJim Johnson, Bal RP  DTD
BenchJesus Montero, Sea DH
BenchBryce Harper, Wsh OF
BenchPhil Hughes, NYY SP

Can't say that I have displeased with the results of this draft.   Team is young and has the potential to boast quite a few breakout players.   Harper was selected in the 23rd round.  I tried to resist drafting him, but given that he was there in round 23, I couldn't really resist. 

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