Sunday, February 20, 2011

ST Notes

If my salutary warning some 7 weeks ago about Webb's rehab issues last year weren't enough for you to pencil him onto the DL to begin the season, maybe the latest camp update of his continuing saga will bring you around:

At first, the Rangers' plan was to have him throw off a mound every third day, and Sunday was going to be that day. Maddux doesn't feel Webb has the arm strength to be throwing off a mound right now. Instead, he will be playing catch and throwing long-toss in the outfield. Long toss -- which is playing catch at a distance of 120 feet or more -- is the best way to build up arm strength. "He's not getting on the mound until we do more long toss and build up arm strength," Maddux said. "He needs to strengthen up before he throws downhill."

It turns out that Migge de los Santos (MDLS) did suffer some sort of minor injury that forced him from his last start for the Toros on 1/13 after going 3 innings. The beat writers are reporting that he is still sidelined with biceps tendinitis. He has little room for error given his age and lack of experience in full-season ball, and he might event be pushing into "injury-prone" territory (and maybe to a future bullpen role) if his most recent injury forces him to miss much time.

Durrett had this update on Tateyama:
Tateyama said he's making the transition to the United States just fine. He spent the offseason throwing with a MLB baseball to get used to its size. Tateyama said the Japanese ball is slightly smaller and the seams are thinner and thicker. So it just feels different. The pitcher throws a slider, changeup and cutter and said the slider is his out pitch. "I wanted to pitch in the best league in the world," Tateyama said. Tateyama impressed pitching coach Mike Maddux early in camp with his command and deceptive delivery.

Round Rock. Per Evan Grant, Chris Davis says Texas wants him to mainly work at 3B this spring so Texas might be showcasing his versatility to other clubs. It is actually good news for Jose Julio Lopez as well (and might give a second life to Johnny Whittleman and/or Johnathan Greene as well), as it likely means that Davis starts at 3b for Round Rock with Lopez getting the starting nod at 1b there (as opposed to being stuck in Frisco). This also means that Brian Barden moves off 3b to become the utility infieder (has ML experience the last 2 years, and has played every position but catcher and CF over the last 3 years) and should push Matt Kata off the roster, and maybe even Brad Nelson as well if Texas goes with an 8-man pen.

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