Soriano highlights Monday's workout
Anderson, Anderson and Francoeur. Seriously, should I have actually laughed out loud while wondering if this sounds like a law firm or an outfield trio? Actually there’s no need to answer that. I just read over it again and formed the same stone face that Rafael Soriano displays whenever we ask him a question.
Speaking of Soriano, he actually impressed Bobby Cox today with the velocity he showed during the bullpen session that preceded his first live batting practice session of the season on Monday morning All indications are that the right-handed reliever’s elbow is healthy.
Kenshin Kawakami followed Soriano on the mound and showed more consistency with his location than he had when he threw his first live BP session on Saturday. The Japanese hurler mixed in a few more breaking balls and received some compliments from the hitters that he faced.
“You can see how that guy could have a lot of success by putting the ball where he wants it and where hitters don’t like it,” Kelly Johnson said.
Charlie Morton impressed Cox with a solid bullpen session and then possibly strained an oblique muscle while throwing to hitters. Over the next few days, the Braves will gain a better understanding about how much time Morton might miss.
There’s a slight chance that Garret Anderson could undergo his physical and join his new Braves teammates near the end of Tuesday’s workout. Regardless as long as everything goes well, he’ll likely be officially introduced on Tuesday afternoon.
After Monday’s workout, many of the players headed out to participate in Tim Hudson’s charity golf tournament. While practicing his swing, the always witty Peter Moylan said, “I’m the new John Smoltz and I’ve got the hairline to prove it.”
– Mark Bowman