I’ve said pretty much all I have to say about the Carlos Pena release in that I don’t like how the roster sets up. Knobler’s blog today didn’t make me feel any better
Leyland raved again after the game about Ramon Santiago. Santiago is very likely to make the opening day roster, in part because they need a backup shortstop and Omar Infante’s right shoulder tendinitis makes it hard to consider him for that spot. Infante is on the team, though. In fact, they had Infante and Alexis Gomez work out today at first base. They need someone else able to play first, in case they pinch-run for Shelton in a game where Dmitri is the DH. Pretty good indication that Gomez has a very good chance to be on the team as the extra outfielder, too.
If Infante can’t be the back-up infielder because of his arm, maybe he needs to go on the DL. I’ve got nothing against Infante, and I think he’ll probably do okay this year, at least along the lines of his 2004 season. However, if he is your best pinch hitting option and he can’t play the left side of the infield there will be problems. I have a bad feeling that this bench is going to scare me more than opponents.
Joel Zumaya continues to impress pretty much everybody. This time Jayson Stark and others rave about Zumaya
But I was lucky enough to be sitting behind the plate when Zumaya marched in there. I watched him crank up one 97-99 mph scorcher after another, plus an unhittable sweeper of a breaking ball that he throws from a couple of different angles. This guy is 21 years old and has only been to the mound beyond Double-A ball eight times. But if he’s the future, he’s the very, very near future for this team. “Best young arm I’ve seen, and it’s not even close,” said one GM. “You don’t see many 100-mph fastballs anymore,” said a scout. “Zumaya is the exception. That’s a legit 100 miles an hour.”
Placido Polanco gave some time to a Philly writer the other day, and probably didn’t endear himself to the Philly faithful. Polanco said he misses the Phillies, but not Phillies fans
Polanco says he misses the Phillies