Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Fouled-Off Bunts: Shoulder Stiffness Edition

Brian Lawrence had shoulder stiffness yesterday, which he chalked up to having to exercise for the first time in four months. These little types of nagging injuries pop up in spring training reports all the time, because the beat writers are starving for news. Typically they don't mean a lot, but it's something to keep in the back of your mind; if Lawrence still has problems in two weeks, then it's time to worry.

  • Thom Loverro writes an interesting piece on the leadership void on the team. He notes that Livan seems to have the biggest role, but that pitchers rarely take on offensive players -- even if they have better bats than 1/4 of the starters!

    Frank Robinson, apparently, has given up on searching for one, which seems like a forumla for trouble with Jose Guillen on the roster, seemingly wanting to step in that leadership void. (An idea which Loverro rightly questions)

    Frank has some interesting quotes, and it's worth the quick read. Interestingly, despite the strikeouts, Loverro names Brad Wilkerson as one of the team's leaders.

  • Speaking of Livan, Distinguished Senators offers the first of what will probably be several hundred odes to Livan's greatness. Thankfully for Livan, his golf swing precludes the need for a restraining order.

  • Nationals Farm Authority notes the addition of catcher Erick San Pedro to the 40-man roster. Exciting stuff, huh?

  • Nationals Enquirer notes some silly comments from Bowden last week about how we should all show 'compassion' for A-Sor because of all the changes he's had to endure. I've got many things that I'm compassionate about: fuzzy woodland creatures, for example. Compassion for Soriano ranks somewhere down on the list just slightly above my compassion for certain Germans who were forced to move to Argentina in the 1940s.

    Even if you don't feel compassion, click over there to see a pic of Bowden looking particularly frazzled. Do you suppose he rolled out of bed in that track suit, Dawg?

  • Your Jim Bowden self-serving quote o' the day (brought to you by the Washington Post):
    "Let's see. There's our health. The starting rotation. The Soriano issue. We probably lead the league in worries."

    And who caused two of those three worries, Jim?


    • The Times is so anti-Nats. Lovero calls them the Washington Misfits, and there's an ad for the Bygone Sports goons. The Times wants the team and the name to fail.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/21/2006 9:18 AM  

    • I'm going to assume you're kidding....

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/21/2006 9:22 AM  

    • Comcast reported last night that Soriano only plans to bring one glove to camp (his infielder's glove). Showdown!!

      By Blogger Natty Bumpo, at 2/21/2006 10:00 AM  

    • Leadership gap? We need "proven veterans" stat. I'll get Bret Boone on the phone!

      By Blogger Harper, at 2/21/2006 11:29 AM  

    • I don't know about Brian Lawrence's specific situation, but these days most major leaguers show up for Spring Training ready to play, they haven't been eating Doritos in front of the telly for 4 months.

      The Twins or Indians just the other day released a guy who came in overweight because he sat out the end of the season injured, so they didn't even want to give him Spring Training to show them anything, just buh-bye!

      Those playing in the W.B.C. have been working out for several weeks already.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/21/2006 11:58 AM  

    • I'll get Bret Boone on the phone!

      Too late! Muwahahaha!

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/21/2006 12:23 PM  

    • what's the deal with this: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2338138

      By Blogger gr, at 2/21/2006 1:34 PM  

    • Maybe the Times is taking the anti-Nats position because the Post is going into business with the Nats at least on the radio side. Why not be aggressivly critical if the competition is in bed with the organization. Your access is never going to be equal so you might as well be interesting.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/21/2006 7:49 PM  

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