Monday, February 16, 2009

Drama, KK, Zagnut, & Cairo

Like Mary J. Blige belted- No More Drama, because there won't be much drama in the Phils camp this spring as most position battles are already determined, unless you think Andy Tracy has a chance of dethroning Ryan Howard of course. The outfield is set, the infiend is set, 4/5 of the rotation is set, and 5/7 of the bullpen is set. Up for grabs is backup catcher (between Coste and Paulino), 5th spot in the rotation (Battle Royal between Happ, Ho Park, Kendrick, and Carrasco), bench bat (vying for job- Stairs, Giles, Cairo, Ozuna, Donald, and Mayberry), and bullpen slots (candidates- any losers of the 5th spot in the rotation scrum, Koplove, Neal, Zagurski, Mosebach, Bisenius, Escalona, and Majewski).

Dick Dick Dubee is giving the early lead to KK for 5th spot in the rotation, "I will not forget about the job he has done for us. To me, he's the leading guy going in as the fifth starter because of what he's done. That doesn't mean my eyes are closed to the other candidates by any means, but again, Kyle is going to have to show he can command his slider, show he's willing to use his changeup and show that he can get left-handed hitters out better." I'll never forget the boost Kendrick gave to the rotation in '07, he's a major reason the Phils made the playoffs that season. However, he became more hittable than those gophers in the Whack-a-Mole game at Chuck E Cheese's last season, so he has a lot to prove.

Fat Mike Zagurski, who acquired cult status during a brief stint with the team in '07, is still recovering from elbow and leg injuries but hopes to be able to help the Phils. Zagnut had this to say, "Hopefully I'll start throwing breaking balls by the end of the month. I'll try to mix in some changeups this week. If I'm not ready Opening Day, hopefully it'll be shortly thereafter, in Philadelphia or anywhere else. Just pitching and being healthy will be a steady improvement."

Miguel Cairo, mentioned above in the battle for bench spot, was signed to a minor league contract yesterday. He's 34 years old, has played in the majors for 13 seasons for the Blue Jays, Cubs, Mariners, Devil Rays, Cardinals, Yankees, and Mets. Career line: .266/.315/.357, while playing 1st, 2nd, SS, 3rd, and some outfield. Doubtful he makes the team, but is a nice guy to have at Lehigh Valley.

~Carson

3 comments:

Andrew said...

I was really surprised to see Dubee say it was Kendrick's job to lose. I had assumed KK, Happ and Park were all on equal ground going into Spring Training. Should be interesting to see how it plays out...

On a different note, I tuned into MASN (mid-atlantic sports network here in Baltimore) last night to find a "MASN Classic" from Sept. 2005 between the Nats and the Phils. I wouldn't call it classic, by any means, but it was interesting seeing Abreu, Bell, Fultz, Geary, etc... playing ball in red pinstripes.

GM-Carson said...

C'mon Andrew, that's certainly a classic.

Andrew said...

I guess you're right... It did feature a ninth inning homerun by David Bell to force extra innings, an excellent 4 innings pitched by Eude Brito, a ninth inning appearance by Ugueth "Machete" Urbina, and matching 0 for 5's by both Utley and Abreu! Good times...