While waiting on Griffey…
There’s a chance we’ll hear something about Ken Griffey Jr. within the next few hours. Then again we might not know anything until tomorrow. It doesn’t appear the Braves or Mariners are planning to make an announcement tonight.
My gut feeling remains that he’ll choose the Braves. But guarding against the chance that he’s suddenly hired Paul Kinzer to serve as his agent, I’m not making any guarantees.
As for Tom Glavine, there was certainly reason to believe he and the Braves would have reached an agreement today. But it looks like it will be at least one more day before things get finalized with the veteran hurler.
In other camp news, Tommy Hanson tore the nail of his right index finger during his live batting practice session on Wednesday. He should be cleared to resume pitching in the next few days.
There’s a chance Kelly Johnson and the Braves could reach an agreement tonight. But if not, the second baseman will leave camp on Wednesday to prepare for his arbitration hearing in Phoenix on Wednesday.
Kenshin Kawakami threw with some more velocity during his bullpen session and even mixed in four curveballs. The Braves are allowing him to get ready for the season at the pace that he used while in Japan.
In an earlier post, I guessed that Anthony Lerew and Gregor Blanco might be the two players removed from the 40-man roster to accommodate Griffey and Glavine. I’m now changing that prediction to Lerew and Phil Stockman.
– Mark Bowman