McLouth goes to minors for a day; Braves make cuts

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Good day from Dark Star, where it’s getting dark as rain and storms head this way. Looks like the Braves and Cardinals might get in a few innings before the storms arrive, but not much more than that.

Before we go any further: If you missed it in comments section on last blog, Braves had their second round of roster cuts today, dropping relievers Mike Dunn, Jeff Lyman and Mariano Gomez, outfielders Brent Clevlen and Mitch Jones, and catcher Orlando Mercado.

More on what that means for the roster-spots battles in just a minute.

2009 minor league  home-run leader Mitch Jones was among todays' roster cuts.

2009 minor league homer leader Mitch Jones among todays' roster cuts.

As for today’s game and rain, it would’ve been good if they could have been sure to get at least get in a few innings for Jair Jurrjens, who was scheduled to pitch today. But we’re about to start in rain and Jurrjens has been scratched and replaced by reliever Peter Moylan.

Bobby Cox said before the game that Jurrjens would probably wait to pitch tomorrow in a minor league game if this one got banged.

“Unless he insists on the cages,” said  Cox, referring to the option of Jurrjens throwing simulated innings in the batting cage today if he preferred that to pitching Monday on the team’s only scheduled off day of the spring.

The forecast, as of 11:30, was for the bad stuff to arrive about 2 p.m., but it’s already raining pretty hard at 1:05 as we get underway.

Anyway, there was some news this morning: Nate McLouth was scratched from original lineup this morning after Braves decided to send the slumping center fielder to a minor league game so he could bat every inning.

Dude is 1-for-35, batting .029 with three walks and 14 strikeouts – twice as many strikeouts as the next-highest Braves totals by minor leaguers Brandon Hicks and Clevlen.

“He can get nine at-bats over there, see if he can get it going a little bit,” said Cox, who then compared McLouth’s spring woes to another recent Brave, albeit one with a bit more power and longer resume.

“Remember the spring Teixeira had?” Cox said, referring to Teixeira’s struggles in only Braves spring training in 2008. “I was beginning to wonder if he was every going to hit a ball hard. His base hits [in spring training] were little ground balls that would sneak through. I was like, ‘Let’s get going.’”

(Tex eventually got going, to put it mildly. He hit a combined .308 with 41 doubles, 33 homers, 121 RBI and a .962 OPS that season with the Braves and Angels, including .358 with 13 homers and a 1.081 OPS in 54 games after the Braves traded him to Anaheim.)

As for McLouth, he’s 0-for-28 with 12 strikeouts since getting his only hit of the spring on March 6. He’s had two strikeouts in five of his last eight games, including three times in games where he had only three plate appearances.

McLouth to play minor league game for more at-bats.

McLouth to play minor league game for more at-bats.

Cox said he wasn’t sure which minor-league game McLouth would play in today. “It was a last-minute deal,” he said. “Doesn’t matter. Just see some balls.”

I asked if it was McLouth’s or the Braves’ idea.

“It was our idea,” Cox said. “He was all for it. Said he wanted to do it.”

♣ Two-man race: The second round of roster cuts trimmed the field of contestants for the final two bullpen spots and last bench job, though it’s been apparent for some time that Jones and Clevlen weren’t serious contenders to begin with due to the positions they play (or don’t play).

Left competing for the last bench job are Joe Thurston and Brooks Conrad, same as it’s been all spring, for all intents and purposes.

Cox always keeps two backups who can play middle infield; last year it was Omar Infante and Martin Prado, until Prado became the starting 2B. Now it’ll Omar and one of these two guys, Conrad and Thurston, who are similar players and have had similarly impressive springs.

Conrad has, in Cox’s estimation, made more great defensive plays than anyone else in the Grapefruit League. Hard to argue against that point, because I can remember at least five or six gems that he’s turned, mostly at 2B but a couple at 3B.

Thurston, too, has made several outstanding plays in the field. And he’s shown some impressive pop with a couple of well-stung home runs last week and some serious blasts in BP (it’s just BP, but team officials are there watching and taking mental notes).

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Conrad’s hit .273 with a .368 OBP, three doubles, a homer and six RBI in 33 at-bats, with four strikeouts and five walks.

Thurston’s hit .323 with a .344 OBP, two homers and seven RBI in 31 at-bats, with five strikeouts and one walk.

Conrad, 30, spent seven years in the minors before getting a cup of coffee with Oakland’s big club in 2008, and last year he hit .204 with five extra-base hits and eight RBI in 54 at-bats over 30 games with Atlanta.

Thurston, 30, spent most of a decade in the minors through 2008, with brief stints with the Dodgers in three seasons and with the Phillies and Red Sox in one season apiece. He didn’t have significant major league playing time until last season with the Cardinals, when he played in 124 games and hit .225 with a .316 OBP in 267 at-bats. He had only one homer among his 22 extra-base hits.

Thurston had some decent numbers in his long minor-league career, batting .295 with a .358 OBP and .779 OPS in a whopping 4,676 at-bats (I said it was a long minors career). Had one season with 39 doubles, and 11- and 12- homer seasons.

Conrad’s had a similarly length career in the minors, batting .261 with a .344 OBP and .810 OPS in 4,119 at-bats during parts of nine seasons, including three seasons with 36 or more doubles and four consecutive seasons with more than 20 homers through 2008.

When Conrad got called up by the Braves last July, he made seven starts at second base and hit .355 (11-for-31) with five extra-base hits (two homers) and eight RBI in 10 games.

He went 0-for-23 in his remaining 20 games with the Braves, while being used almost strictly as pinch-hitter for the rest of that first stint and during a later callup.

One other thing to keep in mind, as I was just reminded:  Conrad is on the 40-man roster, and Thurston is not. I don’t think it’ll be the deciding factor unless they judge the two of them to be otherwise equal. But so far, they basically have looked equal. So….

♣The last ‘pen job: Left standing from an initial crowded field of contestants are righties Jesse Chavez, Craig Kimbrel, Manny Acosta and Scott Proctor, and lefties Jonny Venters and Jo-Jo Reyes.

Could Reyes open season in 'pen?

Could Reyes open season in 'pen?

If I had to guess today, I’d say Chavez and either Venters or Reyes will get the last two spots on the opening-day roster, but Proctor will be up by the third week of April.

Chavez hasn’t had a good spring, but made 73 appearances last season as a Pirates rookie. I don’t think the Braves are going to let a few spring appearances change their view of a pitcher they spoke so highly of after getting him in the Winter Meetings trade for Rafael Soriano.

Kimbrel’s stock continue to climb and the Braves have nothing but good things to say about the 21-year-old future closer’s work in camp and his rapid climb in the past year.

While it won’t shock me if he makes the opening-day roster, but I think the Braves prefer to get him at least a little more experience in the high minors – he only has 14 appearances and 13-2/3 innings above A-ball.

Also, Kimbrel’s not on the 40-man roster, and the Braves are already going to have to make one 40-man roster move to open a spot for Proctor when he’s ready, and another before that presuming that to add Jason Heyward, presuming he’s going to be the opening day right fielder. (It should be easy to open one spot — move  INF Diory Hernandez on the 60-day DL. He’s recovering from shoulder surgery and not expected back until May or June anyway, though he’s already hitting.

Acosta has eight strikeouts and two walks in 5-1/3 innings this spring, but has also given up a pair of home runs among five hits. He struggled for much of his time in the majors last season (45 hits and 19 walks allowed in 37-1/3 innings) and he’s not out of minor-league options, so it seems to me the Braves would prefer to have, say, Venters and what Cox calls his “super sinker.”

(As we know from Kevin Gryboski and a couple of others, Cox does like to keep a so-called groundball specialist, even if they’ve been a bit erratic at times.)

Proctor will undoubtedly take one of the spots as soon as he’s ready, and Cox keeps saying that he hasn’t ruled him out for opening day. But he also conceded this morning that Proctor, who is 10-1/2 months removed from Tommy John surgery and only made his first appearance Friday, would have to be used carefully initially if he’s on the opening day roster.

So instead of rushing him to opening day after just a handful or fewer spring appearances, I think the Braves will have Proctor pitch for a couple of weeks in the minors. Besides, don’t forget that service-time matter — if Proctor is on roster all season,he’ll be a free agent at season’s end. If he spends two or three weeks in the minors before he’s added to the major league roster, the Braves will have him under contractual control for another season.

Not saying they would do it for that reason, because it won’t come to that: It’s only the prudent move to not rush him back for opening day, when they have other options, including several already on the 40-man roster.

As for Reyes, it’s only been in the past few days that Cox and Frank Wren said enough to make me believe Jo-Jo’s really being considered for a bullpen spot.

He’s got that hammer curve that could make him effective, and he’s had more success the first time through against lineups in the past than he has the second or third time that hitters face him. So who knows, maybe he could thrive in the bullpen role, at least for this season.

Still, the Braves might decide they really need Jo-Jo starting at Triple-A, at least for the early part of the season. Because if a starter gets hurt or has a sore shoulder and needs to miss a start or two, the Braves’ only starting depth besides Reyes is Kris Medlen, who’s going to be the long reliever in the ‘pen and is very valuable in that role.

But keeping him on the roster this long convinces me the Braves are either strongly considering Reyes for a bullpen role or are showcasing him for other teams who might be interested in trading for him, particularly if they think he could be effective as a reliever or starter.

♣ OK, it’s getting darker here and rain’s falling harder. But we’re going to start this game. So let’s get this posted now.

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“DADDY LEARNED TO FLY” by Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)

Daddy’s gone away and no one can tell me why

Mommy’s been so sad since Daddy learned to fly

Everyone brought food and everybody cried

Nothing’s been too good since Daddy learned to fly

The fun we used to have and the way we used to laugh

Have all gone away since they cut my world in half

But sometimes I can see him smiling from the sky

But he never stops to visit since Daddy learned to fly

Everyone tries so hard to ease my troubled mind

I guess he’s doing better than the ones he left behind

They say that I’m not old enough to know the reasons why

The clouds reached down from heaven and Daddy learned to fly

They tell me that in time everything will be ok

Life gets back to normal like before he flew away

They say he can see me so I’m trying not to cry

But sometimes I can’t help it since Daddy learned to fly

1,063 comments Add your comment

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:17 pm

There she is.

Runnin

March 21st, 2010
1:18 pm

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:19 pm

We got this one started in the rain, with Moylan pitching instead of Jurrjens.

Moylan gave up consecutive singles to start game, then struck out Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus. Count’s full to Felipe Lopez…

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:19 pm

Walked Lopez.

Frankie Knuckles

March 21st, 2010
1:21 pm

How does Dave look? Pete’s Dave

Smitty

March 21st, 2010
1:21 pm

DOB i take it Schafer isn’t getting on?

Heath

March 21st, 2010
1:26 pm

joerochester -

Being a “home” game is not what worries me….UK REALLY travels well, especially since they’ll be in the sweet sixteen. What worried me about Cornell is their 3-point shooting. I think I would rather be facing Wisconsin.

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:31 pm

Smitty

He’s still rehabbing.

Frankie Knuckles

March 21st, 2010
1:33 pm

This game get called?

And Roodge Owns

March 21st, 2010
1:33 pm

Dying laughing at the photo choice for McLouth.

ewe1403@yahoo.com

March 21st, 2010
1:34 pm

melky draws a walk

And Roodge Owns

March 21st, 2010
1:35 pm

Dave, you have to change the caption under the McLouth photo. Something like “Hey, Terry, like this?”

ewe1403@yahoo.com

March 21st, 2010
1:35 pm

prado flies out to left and chipper strikes out swinging while melky is caught stealing 2nd base. end of inning

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:35 pm

Thanks, EWE.

Prime Time

March 21st, 2010
1:36 pm

Didn’t McLouth get something done with his vision? Sounds like McCann last year. Hope he gets it together.

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

Prime

He got contacts.

TnBrian

March 21st, 2010
1:37 pm

I’d rather have a proven guy like Scott Proctor instead of Chavez, but who’s complaining … it’s just that Chavez seems like Acosta with good stuff, but lacks consistancy, but who’s complaining. Also– why are there so little ST games being televised this time around? It just seems like there were more on TV before. Not complaining, just sayin’.

Mitchell

March 21st, 2010
1:38 pm

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:38 pm

Chavez is pitching the second inning, just walked Nick Stavinoha, got one out, then gave up a single to Tyler Henley.

Smitty

March 21st, 2010
1:39 pm

joe: he was supposed to be getting on the blog to talk

Mekons

March 21st, 2010
1:39 pm

There will be three Braves games on ESPN this week. I think Tues., Wed and Thurs.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:40 pm

Knuckles: Yeah, it got called. I’m providing fictional play-by-play. Creative, eh?

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:40 pm

smitty

Sorry. I thought you meant getting on the team.

JerseyGil

March 21st, 2010
1:40 pm

Don Sutton say that McLouth has a single & Double today in minor league game.

TnBrian

March 21st, 2010
1:40 pm

DOB, did Chavez change his number from 51 to 43? I thought I saw him wearing 43 that last game on tv and I know he was 51 at the start.

And Roodge Owns

March 21st, 2010
1:41 pm

Not just creative, but gritty realism (Chavez).

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:42 pm

The Schafer thing had to be postponed because of the rain and uncertainty about what he was going to be doing, hitting in cages or whatever.

We’ll do it later, though. Try to get him and another player before camp breaks.

TnBrian

March 21st, 2010
1:43 pm

Anybody else notice that if something isn’t extreme people won’t talk about it? For instance … Heyward = extremely good. McLouth = extremely bad. Any middle ground is just boring, it seems.

Smitty

March 21st, 2010
1:43 pm

Alright thanks DOB

Sigmnund Jung

March 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

TnBrian, more than just being bored, our we have a neurotic need to demonize and hero-worship.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

RAIN DELAY …. aaarrrgh.

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

The Cards have to be the favorites for the NL Central. The Brewers have no pitching, Astros are rebuilding, Cubs are a mess, Reds are building, Pirates suck.

JerseyGil

March 21st, 2010
1:46 pm

Mekons …yes Espn Tue Met,Wed Phillis,Fri Detroit

TnBrian

March 21st, 2010
1:47 pm

joerochester, I think a “every team in the NL Central sucks, except the Cards” would’ve done just fine.

Frankie Knuckles

March 21st, 2010
1:47 pm

DOB – didn’t know, there was a 12 minute lag from the previous PBP and its raining. Valid question imo

thinbreakness

March 21st, 2010
1:48 pm

Everyone here hopes McLouth gets it going.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

Steady rain alone wasn’t enough to get the umps to stop it, but an up-and-in pitch to Pujols by Chavez with a wet ball — that’ll do the trick. Bring out the tarps, boys. The King got buzzed.

Mekons

March 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

I think the Reds are going to be better than usual. But the Cards have the best team all-around in that division. The Cubs are going to be the worst defensive team in the league.

Bravofan

March 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

I don’t see Jo Jo on the opening day roster.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

My bad, Frankie Knuckles. Wasn’t aware of that 12-min delay.

Anyway, we’re sitting here now in rain delay. Lot of wet folks in standing-room only crowd. What do you want to bet the good folks at Disney wait a while to call this one?

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

TnBrian

That would have been too easy.

TnBrian

March 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

Well DOB, or anybody else that has ten minutes to kill, check this bit out. We used to watch this show all the time and this is the funniest episode–

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wopVsCXO0U0

ugaaccountant

March 21st, 2010
1:53 pm

Chipper jones is looking promising, sort of. Probably closer to early 2009 than late 2009, so a significant positive trend. Does that work for middle ground stuff?

Nova Scotia Steve

March 21st, 2010
1:57 pm

okay…so just so we’re clear here…Jurrjens is okay…just not pitching because of the wet conditions?

and second…I really and truly don’t agree with Moylan STARTING a game this late in Spring Training…should our late inning guys be starting to pitch – ahem – later innings???

Moylan prolly never started a professional game in his life…or hasn’t in the last 5 years anyway…to me THAT decision right there…is just as much of an injury risk to Moylan as it would be if Jurrjens started the game.

Seriously…

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:57 pm

ESPN will televise Braves games Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

What do you guys think for the AL East?

bruce

March 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

Did not know the Cards signed Elvis and that he is in Orlando today.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
1:59 pm

Nova Scotia: Why in the world would it be an injury risk for a reliever to pitch one inning in a spring game, whether it’s the first inning or the ninth? I’m entirely lost on your logic there.

Both managers knew the rain was coming, so both scratched their starters rather than have them pitch an inning or two before the game got stopped.

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
1:59 pm

Steve

Moylan’s just getting his work in.

Mekons

March 21st, 2010
1:59 pm

Moylan was only pitching an inning. Using a starter in that situation would screw up his conditioning schedule.

Frankie Knuckles

March 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Its b/c I have Tuesday off. I see a few cold ones, pizza and baseball in my future. Thx ESPN. You don’t say that often.

thinbreakness

March 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Olney says Twins need a closer and the Padres need outfielders. Twins apparently have some talented minor league outfielders but may be unwilling to part with them.

bruce

March 21st, 2010
2:01 pm

Seems like this is first time in a few years that we are not going to have someone on the 40 man roster start the season on 60 day DL

abwright

March 21st, 2010
2:03 pm

Jurrjens didn’t start because he would never have been able to get five innings in before the rain began.

Moylan was prolly the first reliever scheduled. So, he gets moved up to start the game.

If this thing goes five innings it will be a minor miracle. No need to worry about finding guys to fill in the last few innings.

RHR

March 21st, 2010
2:06 pm

ESPN will televise Braves games Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Boo. All day games.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
2:07 pm

They moved the minor league game up to 10:30 a.m. today, so McLouth got his ABs in. They’re seeing if he’s still around for us to talk to.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
2:08 pm

It’s is POURING now.

jeffrey d

March 21st, 2010
2:08 pm

Boo. All day games.

Ugh…still haven’t gotten to see them play

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
2:09 pm

Added a POLL to the original blog, about who should get final bench job. VOTE NOW

jeffrey d

March 21st, 2010
2:09 pm

If Nate didn’t get a hit against minor league pitching, he’s gonna get scorched on here.

Well, you know…more than usual

ugaaccountant

March 21st, 2010
2:10 pm

Bruce – Diory Hernandez is heading to the 60 day dl

cabravesfan

March 21st, 2010
2:10 pm

Boo. All day games.

Ahh, the joys of working from home! :)

Nova Scotia Steve

March 21st, 2010
2:10 pm

I guess my logic is – a veteran guy (Moylan) – who’s a key cog in ATL bullpen is starting a game on a wet and rainy day.

But I get the – “he’s getting his work in” situation…workin on the new change-up etc.

Why no worry about potential injury risk to one of our top relievers…it not like P.J. Walters fills the type of role a Peter Moylan does in our pen.

Anyway…it’s prolly the “right” move…I just don’t agree with it!

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
2:11 pm

Coincidentally… I have Monday and Thursday off. No games on tv then.

SouthGaBrave

March 21st, 2010
2:12 pm

C’mon guys, cough up the extra 10 or 15 bucks a month and get yourself some DVR. I’ve recorded all our televised games so far and just wathched them as soon as I get home from work.

KLB

March 21st, 2010
2:12 pm

Bill Shanks reported at least two hits (single and double) for McLouth in the minor league game – http://twitter.com/BillShanks

CB

March 21st, 2010
2:14 pm

Did DOB say please behind that Vote Now?

bruce

March 21st, 2010
2:16 pm

uga — yep, forgot about Diory, thanks. I was thinking more about regulars, in particular pitchers in the past

jeffrey d

March 21st, 2010
2:16 pm

The Braves will probably go Wrigley on us this year and have all day games this year, just to stick it to us. I’ll bet that’s what idiot Wren and those weasels at Liberty are plotting right now

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
2:17 pm

SouthGa

I had DVR. Right now I’m living with my in-laws while we close on our house. Unfortunately they don’t even have cable.

jeffrey d

March 21st, 2010
2:17 pm

Oh wait….I’m being sarcastic.

Nova Scotia Steve

March 21st, 2010
2:17 pm

Mark Bradley really need to write a new column or take the current one down of the website.

“Why Jason Heyward might not be here on opening day”

Unless Bradley means he won’t in Flordia playing Spring Training games – then I guess he’s correct.

ugaaccountant

March 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

They wouldn’t play a spring training game if it’s wet enough to be an injury risk. The games just don’t matter that much.

I see 0 concern with him relief pitching the 1st. It’s not like he went out there to go multiple innings, which by the way a 3rd reliever should be able to do anyway, but I digress.

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

Great for Nate!

Steve from OH

March 21st, 2010
2:20 pm

Did anyone see Green Zone yet? It’s worth a view, I think.

Mekons

March 21st, 2010
2:21 pm

Diory is probably more of an asset on the DL anyway. If we are desperate for a SS, I’d rather have Hicks.

And the risk of injury on rainy days is mainly to outfielders. And there’s just about zero risk to a pitcher. This was done so JJ would be able to get his work in, being stretched out for the regular season. Having him rained out after one inning would not be good for his conditioning.

Crockett

March 21st, 2010
2:21 pm

DOB, In his 9 ABs today, how did McLouth fare?

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
2:21 pm

Steve

It’s on my long list of movies I want to see. Is it as good as the Bourne movies?

SouthGaBrave

March 21st, 2010
2:24 pm

joerochester, sorry about that buddy. Hopefully the house will be closed on in time for the season. I’ve got a 4-week business trip to NC in June and I’m gonna be bummin’ if I can’t watch the Bravos at night………

Coach (2011 or Bust)

March 21st, 2010
2:26 pm

It’s spring training…..McLouth will be fine unless he’s got something physically wrong.

O’Brien, tough loss for your Jay hawks dude. David and Goliath all over again and Northern Iowa brought their sling shot’s.

Conrad or Thurston? Well obviously Conrad is on the 40 man and he looks like the better defender right now. But it’s nice to see some competition for the last remaining bench spot. Not to mention the depth provided.

I can’t wait for the season to start!

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
2:27 pm

southga

Scheduled for April 09.

Steve from OH

March 21st, 2010
2:28 pm

You know, I’ve never seen the Bourne movies, joe. It’s a good flick though. The only problem I had with it is that they did sort of a “documentary” style filming (or whatever), so the camera was kind of fuzzy at times and there are a lot of scenes where the characters are moving around in pretty much the pitch-black. It was still cool though. Not as great as some movies I’ve seen, but it’ll entertain you at the very least.

Coach (2011 or Bust)

March 21st, 2010
2:28 pm

Steve, I saw Green Zone last week end and it’s a fairly decent movie but nothing to write home about. If you enjoy the genre then it’s worth the price of admission.

Steve from OH

March 21st, 2010
2:33 pm

Coach–yeah, that’s a good take on it. I do enjoy the genre, so it entertained me, but you’re right, it’s just decent.

JTH

March 21st, 2010
2:33 pm

DOB- Is Diaz going to be the opening day starter in left, and how has he been doing this spring?

joerochester

March 21st, 2010
2:36 pm

Steve

Watch the Bourne movies. They are awesome.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
2:37 pm

We were already downstairs to talk to McLouth when game got banged. It’s over.

Jair will pitch tomorrow in minor league game.

McLouth had three hits and a walk in four PAs today, for what that’s worth. Hit the ball hard a few times, they said.

Steve from OH

March 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

joe–yeah, that’s what everyone tells me. Unfortunately, the time just isn’t there for me right now, LOL.

David O'Brien

March 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

JTH: likely be Diaz or Melky. Since it’s supposed to be Zambrano pitching for Cubs, I’d guess Melky (that is, assuming he’s not in CF).

Diamondback Mac

March 21st, 2010
2:41 pm

Steve from OH

Those Bourne movies don’t hold a candle to the Bourne books. Robert Ludlum was a great writer.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 21st, 2010
2:44 pm

per bill shanks, foxsports radio in macon…nate single and double this morning.

UNCBrave

March 21st, 2010
2:44 pm

Go Kansas!!!….oops…

Second Round SELF:
Bradley
Bucknell
Northern Iowa

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

March 21st, 2010
2:45 pm

Not all is lost if Nate doesn’t get going. Relatively speaking, there’s a bona fide slugger on the market. Yep, Greg Norton is STILL out there. Can you believe our good fortune?

Goldenglove002

March 21st, 2010
2:46 pm

Was the minor league game rained out also?

Frankie Knuckles

March 21st, 2010
2:48 pm

Greg Norton’s a hitting coach now. He’ll probably make a good one in all honesty.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

March 21st, 2010
2:48 pm

Read up a few posts, Golden.

Winterville

March 21st, 2010
2:50 pm

Good luck in the NIT UNCBrave!

Mekons

March 21st, 2010
2:52 pm

The minor league game was this morning.

tvsportscaster

March 21st, 2010
2:53 pm

DOB when addressing the 40-man roster, you’re right the Diory Hernandez move is a no brainer, however, they will need to make another move on the 40-man to make room for Jason Heyward, so ultimately someone who is on the 40=man is going, likely another if Thurston makes the squad.

Braveheart

March 21st, 2010
2:54 pm

Self has one more national title as the coach of Kansas than Roy Williams did.

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