In the bottom of the first this afternoon, Chris Getz was hit by a pitch, stole second and was bunted over to third by Jason Kendall. I expect the announcement that Getz is the new lead-off hitter, Kendall will bat second and David DeJesus will bat 7th to be forthcoming.
I kid because….well, because there’s no crying in baseball.
Anyway, I thought I would chime in with a few random notes and thoughts this afternoon, if only because it is better than working.
From the ‘try again, only this time do it right’ section:
The Royals announced yesterday, to no one’s surprise, that Alex Gordon would open the season on the disabled list. Alex likely will not really be able to handle all the tasks of playing a baseball game in the modern era until at or shortly before April 5th and will certainly need extended spring training. Unlike last year’s hip injury that the Royals seemed to rush Gordon back from with dire results, they have a chance here to keep Alex on the disabled list for the majority of April, making sure he is both healthy and prepared to play. The organization could then run Gordon through a twenty-day rehab assignment in Omaha, where he might be able to build some confidence and momentum .
At this point, I cannot imagine that Gordon is anything but a mentally fragile ballplayer who would benefit from every day the Royals can bleed out of the rules before being inserted back into the everyday major league lineup.
From the ‘hindsight is 20-20’ department:
Alex Romero remains an available free agent signee. Click on his name and eyeball the minor league numbers the outfielder has piled up. Doesn’t he seem like someone more valuable than Brian Anderson? Of course, the organization could have been content with Mitch Maier as their fourth outfielder, but that ship has sailed.
This has been hashed over a number of times, but with names like Fred Lewis and Jason Repko now becoming available for probably not a whole lot in return, not to mention Romero, you have to wonder if Dayton Moore’s outfielder shopping extravaganza of Podsednik, Anderson and Ankiel might have been a worse miscalculation than overpaying for Jason Kendall. Kendall, by the way, may turn out to be of value behind the plate and in the clubhouse, but probably, with some patience, would have eventually signed for a couple of million less.
From the ‘don’t read anything into it’ section:
Mike Aviles is starting for the second straight day at shortstop this afternoon. While that gets all of us a little excited at the prospect of the Royals actually being savvy enough to realize Aviles (if healthy) is a far better option than Yuniesky Betancourt, keep in mind that Yuni is away from camp for the next three days working out some ‘citizenship issues’.
I think a more likely scenario is that the Royals trade Willie Bloomquist in the next two weeks and break camp with Betancourt, Aviles and Chris Getz on the roster. How likely that is, I’m not sure, but it is more plausible than Dayton Moore and Trey Hillman benching Betancourt.
We are now into the fourth inning in Arizona, where Edgar Osuna gave up four runs in three innings: all with two outs. A guy named Mike Sweeney has homered, Blake Wood has balked and Alberto Callaspo and Billy Butler have done exactly what three and four hitters are supposed to do: drive in runs. I kind of forgot what that looked like over the years.