Thursday, February 23, 2006
- After six days of continuous batting practice, Tim Salmon might make the team, as he's only just now feeling the strain.
"I think we have depth and I think that depth and versatility on our team would allow us to just carry a bat on the bench or just a guy that maybe just is a DH," Scioscia said. "If we didn't have as much versatility we might be thrown in another direction."
- K-Rod is "en route" to spring training.
- Intrasquad games have been moved back to Feb. 28 through March 1.
- D-Mac is back at third.
- J.D. Drew will be back on Friday.
- The Dodgers don't expect Matt Kemp or Joel Guzman to make the team coming out of spring training, but they could make the team later this year. Guzman might get moved to the outfield because he isn't considered mobile enough to stay at shortstop.
- Jae Seo and Hee-Seop Choi left for Japan to train for the WBC.
- After 15 surgeries, and a 16th on the way (!), Darren Dreifort is officially retiring. He is expected to live in Pasadena rather than returning to Kansas:
"We got to Austin and gave it a shot," Dreifort said. "But I don't think we realized how much like home the Pasadena area had become to us. We spent a lot of time here over 11 years."
The Dreiforts also have a home in Wichita and return occasionally. But don't expect to see them here often.
The reason: Dreifort's joints. Cold weather wreaks havoc.
"When it's cold or it rains or there's a sudden change in temperature, it's painful," he said. "And it's painful all day long, every day. That doesn't really appeal to me."
Grady Little Says, Headphones OnlyGrady Little is a manager of few rules, but he does have this one: music via headphones only, and no music after the game unless it's a win.
"This was always kind of a locked-in rule with [former boss Bobby Cox]," Little said. "I have never seen a situation where you have 25 players in a room and everybody likes the same music. If you need music to prepare for a game, you can get some of those nice headphones they make now.
NRI Pitching ReviewMLB.com has a review of non-roster invitee pitchers to spring training.
Weaver And WeaverHere's another Register article by Steve Bisheff about the two Weavers ending up on the same team.
"Finances were never really the issue," [Jeff] Weaver said. "I've been fortunate to make a lot of money in my career. I wanted to put myself in a position to succeed, to be on a team that could get to the playoffs. Long-term deals are nice, but you want to make sure it's the right decision. If I handle my job here, who knows? Maybe I'll stay around awhile."