Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 6th Update

Things are looking up as Spring Training progresses. Halladay, Howard and Utley look good. Brown's tearing the cover off the ball. Ruf looks to start the year in AAA (.130 BA, terrible performance in the OF) and D. Young will be on the DL. It's really tough to judge the bullpen & infield competition. There's lots of competition in the relievers for only three spots, and F. Galvis, Y. Bentancourt and 2B C. Hernandez are competing for the 2nd bench spot with only 2.5 weeks to determine if Bentancourt will make the Opening Day roster or be given his release. Right now, it's looking like five OD Roster spots are up for grabs: three relievers, one utility infielder, and the 25-day catcher. I leave the outfield competition as decided: see above... the question is who goes down to the minors when D. Young returns? They have until April 15th to make that decision.

Decision points:
  • March 24th: Infield competition
  • March 27th: On-Deck Series roster decision - most of the minor leaguers will be in MiLB camp.
  • April 1: OPENING DAY!!!
  • April 15th: OF probation decision (earliest estimate to activating D. Young from 15-day DL)
    • D. Young will be allowed to return around 4/11, but he won't be ready for another 100 hrs.
  • April 28th: Chooch returns from suspension

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