Freddy Sanchez had a setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery during yesterday’s loss to the Reds. He did not make any throws during the game, but was very discouraged afterwards.
“It just doesn’t feel right. It’s frustrating. I’m very concerned now.”
That quote is very disheartening, and leads me to believe that this injury might be more serious than we thought. Sanchez was expected to be healthy around the end of December, but is still unable to throw in late March. Something tells me this might be more than lingering soreness.
It is very possible that Sanchez will start the season on the disabled list. When Luis Rivas is starting at second base, we will see exactly how miserable this team’s depth is. Rivas has hit .262/.307/.385 over seven Major League seasons. He has spent most of the past two seasons in Triple-A. If Sanchez’s injury proves to be serious, maybe we will see Brian Bixler sooner than expected.
Kim on thin ice
One common criticism of the past regime was that they stuck with poor free agent signings far too long. We may not have to wait very long to see a change in that philosophy. Byung-Hyun Kim, who has been hit hard this spring, may be losing his roster spot. He seemed to have an edge after signing a Major League contract, but he has performed below expectations thus far. If Kim is cut by March 26, he is owed only one-fourth of his salary.
The lasting effect of Jim Tracy
Former PLC writer David Golebiewski wrote a solid article for MVN’s The Transaction Guy today, detailing the abuse that Tom Gorzelanny endured last season at the hands of Jim Tracy. It could be a long season for Gorzo.
Castillo placed on waivers
Former Pirate infielder Jose Castillo was placed on waivers by the Marlins. Castillo’s career has been disappointing and it continues to head in the wrong direction.
Pirates at Rays
The Pirates and Rays are just underway in St. Petersburg. Zach Duke is making the start and will look to continue his promising spring. John Grabow, Sean Burnett and Casey Fossum are also expected to pitch. Burnett is pitching in his second consecutive game in his effort to make the team’s bullpen. The Pirates currently lead
2-0 in the second inning. The game is being broadcast on the Pirates Radio Network.
UPDATE (1:43 PM): The game has been delayed by rain after two innings.