Friday, March 18, 2011

Opening Day is near...Injuries Mount

Spring Training can't end soon enough for this over-weight guy.
Holy Balls, it's one thing after another with this team of fragile players. It is what it is. Like I said before, you don't really know how serious these injuries are because players really don't feel like they need to play a full month of exhibition games or practise. I mean, it's practise we're talking about....practise.
That being said....

Shawn Marcum exited the game early yesterday when he experienced shoulder tightness in his throwing arm. He went 3 scoreless innings before he shut it down. We also found out that he's been experiencing 'tightness' all of spring training. It is what it is. He says he's fine and that if this was real game in the season, he would've battled through it. I believe him, why risk anything in pick-up ball?
-Manny Parra had a set-back while throwing a bullpen session. He won't be ready for the season opener on March 31st in Cincy.
-Carlos Gomez is coming back from back tightness; he missed 3 spring games.
-LaTroy Hawkins is ALWAYS questionable...
-John Axford has been impressive as of late, bouncing back from his 13.50 era in the beginning of spring.
-Zach Braddock is looking awful this spring.
The Crew defeated Seattle Tuesday night 5-4. Milton Bradley was tossed out of the game in the 3rd. Hilarious....although he was hitting .381 coming in to the game. Yovanni threw well again going 4.2 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Rickie Weeks is RAKING in Spring! Dude-guy is hitting .448, thanks to his 3 doubles in Tuesday's win.
Milwaukee's offense is playing extremely well this spring. Thank goodness, hopefully they can hang in there while Greinke recovers and Marcum works through his shoulder stiffness.
Did anyone catch the "30 Clubs in 30 Days" special on the Brewers? Dan Pleasac had his typical kind words to say about Milwaukee and that he's "Once a Brewer...always a Brewer". He scores big points with me. All 3 of the hosts had glowing words to say about Milwaukee. Defense is a concern as is their batting order. They tossed around the idea of Carlos Gomez & Corey Hart flip-flopping.
Mark it down in the books...Yovanni Gallardo will have a better season than Zack Greinke. Random prediction of the day for me. This is Yo's team.
Mark Rogers was sent down to Minor League for a "tune-up". I find this odd because Parra is battling through his back pains, one would think Rogers would be the guy. Instead, Willis Peralta looks like he may get the nod. He is making his first start of the spring today. Willy is quickly climbing the prospect ranks for Milwaukee. The 21 year-old has yet to make a big league, pitching as high AA. This sounds a bit far-fetched for me, considering Rogers had some success last season in a spot start and relief work.
"He's at one inning and our starters are going to five innings," Roenicke said. "I don't think he's able to catch up, especially coming off the tightness in his shoulder. We can't push him to that point to get to the sixth (inning), which is what we need a starter to do."

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