I'd drive all night, just to buy you some shoes

Nothing like driving two and a half hours to see a starting lineup featuring Damaso Espino, Wilson Valdez and Jose "Can't Stand Ya" Constanza.

 

Well, at least the game was played in a crisp two hours, 10 minutes.

 

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY...

 

  • David Dellucci was dealing with a tight left calf muscle before today's game against the Diamondbacks, and he never got loose. He was scratched just minutes before the game started. Doesn't sound all that serious, but he'll be monitored day to day.
  • If the battle for the last bullpen spot came down to today's action, then Vinnie Chulk is your winner. Stretched out to three innings for the first time this spring, he allowed just three hits, lowering his spring ERA to 1.72. Eric Wedge called Chulk "one of our most consistent guys" in camp.
  • But Wedge tried to make it sound as though the battle, which is clearly down to Jackson and Chulk, is still undecided. He was sure to point out that Jackson can give the Indians more length (even though Wedge has tried to make it clear he doesn't view this job as the "long man" role) and is left-handed, which is considered a plus because of the three right-handed starters.
  • Jackson, though, turned in a real clunker today -- five runs allowed on six hits over four innings. He locked in after his first two innings of work, but, you know, that's not exactly what you want to see from a reliever. His ERA is up to 6.87.
  • The Indians have the ability to option Jackson to Triple-A. They can also send Chulk there, but they'd have to decide if they want Chulk in the big leagues by May 15. He has an out clause at that time.
  • Josh Barfield over Trevor Crowe for that last bench spot. This might be one of those competitions you're better off losing. It's hard to envision Barfield getting a heck of a lot of playing time up here. Crowe, on the other hand, will be an everyday guy at Triple-A Columbus.
  • This is just my opinion, but if the Indians really felt Barfield is their second baseman of the future -- and they will probably need a second baseman in the not-too-distant future, if they shift Jhonny Peralta to third and Asdrubal Cabrera to second -- they'd have him playing every day in Columbus, and they wouldn't have acquired Luis Valbuena.
  • Shin-Soo Choo was pounding the ball in BP before he left for the World Baseball Classic. He's looked a little rusty since his return. He went 1-for-4 today, striking out three times.
  • I'm told that during a batting practice session back at the complex Friday, while most of us were in Scottsdale, Travis Hafner and Kerry Wood took to the field to man shortstop and second base. How's that for a double-play combo?

~AC

16 Comments

Anthony, I am very, VERY sold on Wes Hodges being our 3rd baseman of the future, so I don’t want to see Jhonny at 3rd at all. Wes has hit everywhere he has played at in the minors, he hit very well in his brief call up in spring training. Yes his defense wasn’t good last year but some of those conditions in AA was awful. He should have a better season in Columbus defensively this coming season and be ready to fully contribute in 2010. And I hope that is what this organization is thinking too.

I hope you have a shorter drive tomorrow!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I, on the other hand, hope you have to drive to Yuma tomorrow. (If you do, pick up my last paycheck)

Julia – go away

AC,
I think the thing that frustrates me mostly in these games is the consistent way we are starting these games. I KNOW it is Spring Training but what is going on mentally with some of these pitchers that will say to me, in a week, these clunkers from Lee and Jackson and Lewis can stop and be somewhat winning efforts April 6th and all will be better.
Just venting
Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

I’ve been reading AC’s blog since he started it but this is my first comment on a post. I fell compelled to write this and I’m sure other regular readers will understand why…..

JULIA – stop your incessant pointless comments, PLEASE!!! YOU ARE INSANLY ANNOYING!

No, seriouly I’m not kidding, your ruining my enjoyment of this really good blog. Take your pathetic pointless comments to somone elses blog

Go Tribe

YES! I too have been reading this blog for a very long time, and have made comments about your annoying comments before. Julia, you can read the blog and make relevant comments, but anything otherwise is completely unnecessary.

Hafner to Wood to….ugh, Belle? Yett? Cole?
Ugh.

I have to back these guys up…Julia–you’re only posting on here to throw up your blog link. Seriously, say something of value or go away. You’re driving us all crazy.

his defense wasn’t good last year but some of those conditions in AA was awful.

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