Just another odd southpaw
When I entered the clubhouse this morning, I saw Boone Logan’s left hand adorned with gauze. Naturally, I responded with, “Have you been playing with Blaine Boyer’s apple slicer.”
Logan said that he regularly places gauze on his hand in the morning. After imitating Rafael Soriano with a stone-faced reaction, I later saw the big left-handed reliever on the field without any gauze, tape or padding on his hand. With this I further concluded that southpaws are simply a different species.
Speaking of left-handers, Garret Anderson was moving around the clubhouse with relative ease this morning and he said his strained right calf has progressively improved over the past few days. After seeing him lift his leg and bend over to pick up his keys with relative ease, I think we can project that he’ll likely be in the Opening Day lineup.
Fortunately for Anderson, he hasn’t felt the urge to start jumping around like Jair Jurrjens did after the Netherlands defeated the Dominican Republic again on Tuesday night.
“I’m surprised that nobody called the cops on me,” said Jurrjens, who opted not to pitch for the Netherlands during the first round of the WBC.
Jurrjens wanted to pitch in the second round this weekend. But in order to do so, he would have had to replace a injured pitcher from the current roster. When he never received word that this opportunity had arisen, the 23-year-old right-hander prepared for this afternoon’s start against the Nationals.
If the Netherlands continues their miracle run, Jurrjens might join the team for the semi-final round. But as great as this story has been, I think we can all assume that it’s nearing its end.
Remember Dennis Neuman, the Pedro Martinez-clone, that I was heralding after watching him pitch a scoreless inning for the Netherlands against the D.R. on Saturday? Well he’s obviously also subject to the jinx factor of this blog.
But after issuing two walks in Monday’s loss to Puerto Rico, the 19-year-old Red Sox farmhand came back Tuesday and tossed 1 2/3 innings scoreless innings against the D.R.
“He’s going to be good,” said Jurrjens, who worked out with Neuman in their native Curacao this winter. “He has heart and he knows what he wants.”
Now that I’ve exhausted my charitable Dennis Neuman public relations campaign, it’s time to return to Braves info. Jordan Schafer opened some eyes when he returned yesterday and the highly-regarded outfield propsect is back in today’s lineup to serve as the right fielder.
Matt Diaz and Jeff Francoeur were permitted to go home after this morning’s workout. Both are scheduled to travel to Jupiter for this weekend’s two-game series against the Cardinals and Marlins.
As for me, I’m not making the southbound trek down the Florida Turnpike. But I’ll likely post at least one blog entry on Friday or Saturday. Tommy Hanson is scheduled to start tomorrow’s game against the Marlins and Kenshin Kawakami will go against the Cardinals on Saturday.
After Jurrjens exits today’s game, we’ll place our focus on Mike Gonzalez and Kris Medlen, who are both scheduled to pitch.
Josh Anderson CF
Jordan Schafer RF
Yunel Escobar SS
Casey Kotchman 1B
Omar Infante 2B
Martin Prado 3B
Brandon Jones LF
David Ross C