Thursday, March 6, 2008

In the News

- Turnbow changed his grip on his four-seam fastball and is seeing great results. Turnbow was mainly looking for control with the change, but has found that he's not only gained control, but has added movement. Early results are great, as he pitched another scoreless inning today. I can't help but be excited by this news. The knock on Turnbow has been control. He has a great breaking ball, but if he can't throw it for strikes, he has to throw fastballs, which are fast, but straight with little movement. If he has a fastball that moves AND can locate his breaking ball, he could be absolutely dominating.

- Gallardo pitched a "5-minute" bullpen session and his knee felt good.

- Catcher Lou Palmisano may have a torn meniscus. If it is torn, he will be out three to four months. Ugh.

- Russell Branyan and Chris Spurling, who are both invited to Brewers minor-league camp, stopped by the big league camp today.

- Sheets pitched three scoreless innings today. That's five straight scoreless this spring. I know spring training games "don't mean anything," but his start this spring is very encouraging. No surprise, but Sheets is slated to pitch opening day.

- Eric Gagne pitched a scoreless inning today too.

- Weeks and Braun hit home runs, but those were the only two hits of the game for the Crew.

- It appears as though Bush is penciled in as a starter based on comments from Yost. And more HERE. There are so many scenarios with the starting rotation, it's pretty futile to make guesses now, but I'll try anyway... Yost is pretty unpredictable, but it looks like Sheets, Suppan, Gallardo (whenever he comes back from injury) are locks with Bush as a likely member of the rotation. I'd say Capuano is likely battling Villanueva for the last spot and Parra is likely fighting an uphill battle to make the team since he's young and could still benefit from time in AAA. I'm guessing Vargas starts the year in the pen if he isn't traded. This is still a good problem to have...

- How can anyone not love the move to bring Ted Simmons back to the club as a bench coach? I have no question that he'll help the players and Yost. And he'll be the best in-game interview FSN North has ever had.

- Kendall is a fan of Simmons too and Yost is smitten with Kendall. I know it's hard to tell who guys really are from spring training articles, but I like Kendall. He says all the right things. He's enthusiastic. He seems like a great team player. I think it's going to be fun to watch him as a Brewer.

- Matt LaPorta and Manny Parra are The Baseball Analysts' picks for most-likely prospects to make an impact on the Brewers in 2008.

- The Brewers pushed back sound system enhancements to Miller Park.

- Pujols has a "high-grade tear" in a ligament in his elbow. He will need surgery eventually. I know the Cardinals don't want to throw in the towel on this season already, but if there was any year that it would seem logical for Pujols to get the surgery and work over the season to recover, it would be this one. The Cardinals have no shot. It'll be interesting to see how this situation is handled over the season.

- Dusty Baker is being Dusty Baker in Cincinnati. "A lot of this on-base percentage is taking away the aggressiveness of some young kids," he said. Gotta love it when a coach bashes OBP. Dusty, of course, made the "clogging up the bases" comment in Chicago. He's laughable. What will Cincy fans think in July when all of their pitchers' arms are blown out and Dusty is chastising his players for taking walks...

- Todd Zolecki of the Philadelphia Inquirer argues that strike outs aren't that bad. Fans hate strike outs, but it's one of the most over-rated stats in baseball. It's about production.

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