Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Serie del Caribe

The Caribbean Series starts on Wednesday featuring the playoff winners from each of the 4 winter ball leagues: Criollos (PR); Yaquis (MX); Caribes (VZ); Toros (DO). The rosters might be a little variable for various reasons and might not be set until game time, though they are likely to carry a lot of players with team even if they aren't on the active roster. A few present or former Rangers will be (or might be) on the rosters.

The Criollos will have Ivan Rody, Ramon Vazquez, Kiko Calero and Alex Cora. The Yaquis will have Victor Diaz. The Caribes will have Rosman Garcia and Endy Chavez (though another report says he is not on the roster). Chavez had a nice playoff run and will bat leadoff. Don't count him out to beat out Craig Gentry for the 5th OF role on the club next year. His career splits vs LHP are even but they sucked during the last 2 years before his injury. Guillermo Moscoso does not appear with the team though he was in the VZ rotation last year. Oakland might have held him out.

The Toros might have Brandon McCarthy, Doug Mathis, Esteban German, Ruddy Yan, Jumbo Diaz and (per one report, though this would seem suspect) Alexi Ogando. Miguel de los Santos will not be with the club after suffering some sort of injury during his playoff start on 1/13. I have yet to confirm the nature of the injury but suspect that it might be minor and that Texas has sent him home as a precaution. His winter schedule has been very odd leading me to believe that he was removed from the active roster to begin the season to work on some things with the staff after 2 appearances (end Oct) reappearing again in mid-November and stretched out for the rotation. He then either went home on vacation or suffered a minor injury as he didn't make another appearance until the end of December and followed that up with 2 playoff appearances before his injury in his third start.

The series will be hosted in Puerto Rico and broadcast on ESPNDeportes and ESPN3 (archived for up to one week).


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