The Hot Sheet - Special Pre-Season Edition

The Hot Sheet - Special Pre-Season Edition

Post by Ron Shandle » Sat, 17 Feb 1996 04:00:00


The Hot Sheet - February 16, 1996

American League-Headline Note: The Rangers Juan Gonzalez is primed for a
big comeback. Gonzalez who had bulked up to 252 with a heavy daily
workout of weight lifting, has taken the Texas brass advice and dropped
the weights. He enters spring training at a svelte 220, greatly increased
flexibility and looking like the slugger who produced 90 HRs during the
1992-1993 period. Gonzalez's increased aerobic conditioning has also led
the Rangers into planning to use him in right field rather than left and
DH like last season... Tony LaRussa had the reputation of being a
veterans type manager. He was very impatient with younger players like
Eric Fox. LaRussa verbally tore apart Fox when he made a baserunning
blunder during the 1992 playoffs. Sandy Alderson brought in Art Howe who
has more understanding with younger players and this should help the kids
this season.  Expect Herrera, Young, Battle, Giambi, and the pitchers to
play more relaxed and perform better under Howe... Cal Eldred's progress
from Tommy John elbow surgery has slowed and the Brewers now feel he
won't pitch this year... The Red Sox have inquired (after the Cordero
deal) about the availability of Moises Alou to play RF in case Canseco
can't do the job. The Sox are waiting for the start of spring training
and progress reports on the surgically repaired shoulders... Art Howe has
hinted that he would like to have a veteran lead-off hitter rather than
Battle (who has the best OBA of the rookie OFers). He suggested that
Scott Brosius could bat first even though his career OBA is .306 (.342 in
1995)... The Oakland starting outfield should be Brosius, Herrera and
Munoz with Battle, Lydy and Young battling for the other two spots. If
Brosius is forced to play 3B due to the failure of Jason Giambi, then all
three of that group will remain in Oakland... Kansas City manager Bob
Boone says the Royals will have to be much more creative on offense this
year with all the loss of power. Obviously that means they will run a lot
more in 1996. Goodwin and Damon will have their speed used to the
fullest. Damon will bat anywhere from first to third while Goodwin will
get the nod in the second slot most of the time. Hamelin, Vitiello and
Macfarlane will provide the power. Speaking of Hamelin, Hal McRae, who
still has a radio show in Kansas City, reported last week that Hamelin
appears to be in excellent shape. It should be noted that McRae took
Hamelin under his wing as manager and the hammer went in the tank once
McRae left... Chris Haney's back rehab is on schedule and the KC brass
doesn't see any delays at the start of spring training... It's another
story for Jim Pittsley who is progressing at a normal rate. Look for him
to spend April in extended spring training (and the warm weather) and
start the season at AAA before being ready for a recall sometime in
July... Aaron Sele was convinced by his agent and the Red Sox that he
needed to undergo the most intense conditioning program of his life to
revive his chances in Boston. Sele worked out in Florida with Nomar
Garciaparra, a top Red Sox prospect, almost every day. Both players
greatly reduced their body fat and concentrated on conditioning. To make
sure Sele has less stress on his shoulder this season he will throw his
slider more and curve less. The Red Sox say he is primed for a big
comeback... Wil Cordero has been working out at 3rd base and his throws
to first appear to be normal and without pain. If his shoulder stays
sound, he could see time at 2B, 3B and the OF... Sandy Almoar knows he
has to be ready to play an entire season for the Indians or he could be
gone. He hasn't posted over 300 at bats since his rookie campaign. This
off-season he concentrated on building up his hamstrings and quads to
take the pressure off his knees and he enters camp in the best shape of
his career.  Mike Hargrove says he plans to limit his spring training
catching to keep him fresh... Dennis Martinez showed up in Florida to
begin working out and inside reports say he has some pain in both his
pitching elbow and his newly repaired knee. At 41, the injuries are
becoming more frequent... Lou Piniella is e***d about having Louis
Polonia on the Mariners roster because of the way he can hit on turf.
Even though his 1995 turf OBA was .256, his 5-year average is .373. Look
for his SBs to move over 20 again... Will Clark reported this week that
he can straighten out his elbow for the first time in years. He expects
to regain the stroke that made him one of the most dangerous hitters in
the NL... Come draft day, remember that Bobby Witt has the highest ERA
(4.52) among active starters with more than 1,000 IP... Red Sox SS John
Valentin will concentrate on his base stealing during spring training. He
spent the off season working to build up his legs and now feels that he
could steal 30 bases this year... Jose Canseco has told several Boston
beat writers that he is in the best shape of his life, but we've heard
that from Jose before and he still gets hurt.

National League-Headline Note: John Smoltz, who finished the season
strong, also has participated in off-season conditioning, including long
toss. He says his arm strength is already at where he was at the end of
the season and Braves manager Cox says "He's ready to go nine innings
now." Look for a monster season... Just a reminder about pitcher Al
eiter, who signed with the Marlins this off season -- He walked 108 in
183 innings and his ERA on grass was 4.28 versus the 3.15 on turf... Mark
Wohlers doesn't appear to be resting on his laurels. He comes into camp
17 pounds less than last year and is running three miles a day. The
increased aerobic exercise should help his stamina... Going into this
weekend and the opening of camp for pitchers, Cox says that Terrell Wade
is even with Jason Schmidt for the 5th rotation spot. Wade has taken off
12 pounds this winter and exhibited improved control late in the season
and during his solid pitching in the Arizona Fall League... The Expos
continue to have talks with Pascuel Perez about returning to Montreal
and vie for a rotation spot. Have the Expos fallen this far?... Terry
Mulholland is leaning toward signing with the Reds as camps get ready to
open this weekend... Pads GM Towers feels the addition of Wally Joyner's
defense at first base will have a very positive effect on the defense of
all the infielders. This also will have a ripple effect on the pitching
staff... Mel Nieves is being shopped by the Padres to the Chicago White
Sox, Kansas City, Baltimore and Seattle. Tower asked for Arthur Rhodes
from the Os but was immediately turned down... Phillies pitcher Mike
Grace had his dead arm examined by Frank Jobe after the instructional
league in October. Rest, then special exercises were prescribed and the
strength has returned to its pre-August 1995 levels. Jim Fregosi says he
will be brought along slowly even though he appears to be healthy at this
point... Curt Schilling has expressed disappointment that Daulton won't
be behind the plate when he pitches. Schilling said he pitched his best
when Dutch was catching. Speaking of Schilling, he continues to make
impressive progress from shoulder surgery. He is "weeks ahead of
schedule" according to the Philadelphia medical staff. Still, he wont be
ready for opening day and a target date of mid-May is more realistic...
Mike Munoz is also a head of schedule from Tommy John surgery on his
pitching elbow, but hasn't done any throwing and isnt scheduled to for
another week or so. He isn't expected to be ready until late June at the
earliest... Phils GM Lee Thomas stressed the fact that Benito Santiago's
catcher ERA was 3.85 for the Reds last year while his backup Taubensee
was 4.32. This is the first time in the past 3 seasons that his CERA was
lower than his backup. Thomas says that he can really see the maturity in
Santiago... Greg Jeffries hasn't endeared himself to the Philadelphia
management -- he's refused to consider a move from 1B to LF so that
Daulton could play first and take the load off his knees... The Astros
are convinced that the defense of Sean Berry will be on par with that of
Caminiti when he played in Houston. Berry's range factor was sixth in the
majors at 3B and his fielding percentage of .948 was better than
Caminiti's .936... Newly-acquired Giant pitcher Rich DeLucia injured his
pitching shoulder (rotator cuff) throwing the first time after the trade
from St. Louis. His surgery was supposedly, a very minor scope of his
shoulder and he should be ready to throw in 6 weeks after the operation.
The Giants expect him on the DL at least until mid May... At the news
conference this week announcing the new Pirate owners, Jim Leyland
sounded very upbeat. He says he will bat Al martin second to get him the
most at bats possible. "I want to play Al Martin more," Leyland said.
"He's capable of having a monster year, and if he can reach that plateau
for us, he can be a big key for us." Leyland added that Neagle, Wagner
and John Ericks were the only three locked up starting spots. Lieber,
Parras, Loaiza and Steve Cooke will fight for the last two slots. Cooke
says his arm is 100% after missing all of last year and he's ready to
go... Jim Riggleman admitted to the Chicago media that Duane Ward was
signed to a minor league contract to add another experienced pitcher to
the closer's race. He was candid that Ward was just a shadow of his
former self and was hoping to use his experience to better use... Chris
Sabo realizes that this is his last shot at the show. Reportedly he has
worked 5 hours a day with Dr. Aaron Mattes, the doctor who helped rehab
Joe Montana and Carl Lewis. Sabo was clocked at 6.6 in the 60 yard dash,
compared to the Cecil Fielder-like 7.3 in 1993. This regained speed
has improved his flexibility greatly. It ...

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The Hot Sheet - Special Pre-Season Edition

Post by Doug Saunde » Sat, 17 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> The Hot Sheet - February 16, 1996

> McRae left... Chris Haney's back rehab is on schedule and the KC brass
> doesn't see any delays at the start of spring training... It's another
> story for Jim Pittsley who is progressing at a normal rate. Look for him
> to spend April in extended spring training (and the warm weather) and
> start the season at AAA before being ready for a recall sometime in
> July...

Could someone tell me what Pittsley's injury is?

 
 
 

The Hot Sheet - Special Pre-Season Edition

Post by Keith La » Sun, 18 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> The Hot Sheet - February 16, 1996
> 1995)... The Oakland starting outfield should be Brosius, Herrera and
> Munoz with Battle, Lydy and Young battling for the other two spots. If

Lydy went to Japan over a week ago.

Quote:
> the NL... Come draft day, remember that Bobby Witt has the highest ERA
> (4.52) among active starters with more than 1,000 IP... Red Sox SS John

Um, actually I just remember all those walks, and I pass.

Quote:
> now." Look for a monster season... Just a reminder about pitcher Al
> eiter, who signed with the Marlins this off season -- He walked 108 in
> 183 innings and his ERA on grass was 4.28 versus the 3.15 on turf... Mark

Congratulations - the extra digit in the BB column caught your eye as well.

Quote:
> and vie for a rotation spot. Have the Expos fallen this far?... Terry
> Mulholland is leaning toward signing with the Reds as camps get ready to
> open this weekend... Pads GM Towers feels the addition of Wally Joyner's

He signed with Philly, but your text may simply have been old.

Quote:
> Mike Munoz is also a head of schedule from Tommy John surgery on his

That's *Bobby* Munoz.

Quote:
> earliest... Phils GM Lee Thomas stressed the fact that Benito Santiago's
> catcher ERA was 3.85 for the Reds last year while his backup Taubensee
> was 4.32. This is the first time in the past 3 seasons that his CERA was
> lower than his backup. Thomas says that he can really see the maturity in

And this affects my roto team how?

Quote:
> St. Louis
> has dropped a single-A team and now has only 6 minor league teams...

1) I think BBW said they were down to 5.
2) This affects my roto team how?

Quote:
> Danny Jackson's ankle injury is more serious than has been reported. His
> surgery corrected the problem but the Cards won't get him back until mid
> to late July...

Mentioned in BBW a few weeks back.

Quote:
> conditioning will make the difference... Zane Smith and his agent are
> talking to the Pirates to get one more go-around with the Bucs...

47 Ks in 110.2 IP doesn't light my fire.

Quote:
> The cost is $49.95 for the fax version; $39.95 for e-mail.

No thanks. Peter Gammons delivers more useful gossip with the same
name mix-ups for *free*.

--
klaw
Owner, 1995 EARL Champion Law Norders and 1995 WAFFL Champion Law Avogadros
"Monday, n: In Christian countries, the day after the baseball game."
   - Ambrose Bierce.

 
 
 

The Hot Sheet - Special Pre-Season Edition

Post by Eric Wilt » Sun, 18 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Doug-- The injury to Pittsley was a partially torn tendon in his elbow.
At first the Royals thought he would need Tommy John surgery. Once the
went in and 'scoped' it, the damage was less severe. He will be brought
along slowly.

Rick Wilton