Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Camp Notes

  • Jayson Stark of ESPN has some Bucco camp notes. Most is same old, except he reports that the Bucs are still monitoring Ike Davis and some other 1B candidates.
  • One of the big stories in the spring will be the bullpen, with more candidates available than spots. Bill Brink of the Post Gazette notes that Clint is well aware of the situation: "We know the guys who don’t have options. We understand all the different dynamics that could take place."
  • The pitchers are now advancing past bullpen sessions and moving on to live BP.
  • Well, so much for the mystery. Francisco Liriano will toss on Opening Day, March 31st at 1:05 PM against the Chicago Cubs. It's his second OD start; he opened for the Twins in 2009.
  • All will be quiet for a couple of days on the Travis Snider front. He cut his finger getting dinner ready and it took three stitches to close the wound, so he'll just hang out for the time being, tho he is chasing flies and took BP today.
  • Josh Harrison won the last man in camp award, coming in a day late after welcoming a daughter into the world.
  • Jonah Keri of Grantland ranks the teams for 2014, and has the Bucs at 17, calling this a bridge year to 2015 and beyond.
  • Dayn Perry of Eye on Baseball says approval by the umps and players for the no-collision rule at home could be on the way, allowing the new rule to be put in effect by the time the spring exhibition games begin.

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