Another Day in the Sun
Sunday, February 26, 2012
More position players filed into camp today, including Japanese outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, while pitchers/catchers went through another day of drills and bullpen sessions.
“He is a good outfielder, a left-handed hitter and does a lot of good things on the field,” manager Robin Ventura said of Fukudome. “He gives us flexibility if somebody needs a day or if we are facing a tough righty.”
Adam Dunn took batting practice today.
“It was just good for him to get on the field and swing the bat,” Ventura said, explaining he was not going to set spring training expectations for Dunn, Alex Rios or Gordon Beckham.
Ventura was asked where he ranked among camp’s batting practice pitchers.
“I’ve bounced up and down the rankings,” he offered, “maybe I started sixth and have dropped to eighth. Mark Salas and Gelly (Mike Gellinger) probably rank at the top. You are going to have to ask the hitters. Eventually, they’ll let you know.”
Former White Sox infielder Tony Graffanino stopped by camp a couple of days ago. Graffanino, who now works for Baseball Chapel, has moved to the Phoenix area and will be around during spring training. Former Sox closer Shingo Takatsu is expected to stop by Glendale in a week or so as part of a Japanese television crew. Takatsu is still pitching for an independent league team in Japan, also serving as manager.
Ventura said everyone was fine physically, except for pitcher Jake Peavy who “slept on his eye wrong.” Jake’s workout wasn’t hindered.
Pitching coach Don Cooper echoed a familiar feeling about spring training.
“All winter you can’t wait for spring training to get here, to see guys throwing and out on the field,” Coop said. “Once workouts arrive, you can’t wait for games to start, and after the first game, you can’t wait for the regular season.”