Davis, Roberts, arm angles and Miggy
— Thomas Harding wrote a good story today about Doug Davis feeling better after playing catch. Sounds like as long as there are no setbacks Double D should be ready when the season starts which is certainly good news. I am sure there were sighs of relief all around, because a number of people that I talked to were pretty concerned heading into today.
— Talked with Brandon Webb on Sunday about his first outing against Team Mexico and asked about his arm angle. He said it was much ado about nothing, that he may have gotten under a pitch or two which is something that will happen in every start.
I pointed out that he was quoted as saying that his arm angle was down a bit and he said someone asked him the question and that sometimes it’s just easier to agree than it is to get into the whole explanation.
For what it’s worth, GM Josh Byrnes, pitching coach Bryan Price and manager Bob Melvin all said they did not notice anything wrong with his arm angle.
— Ryan Roberts has certainly opened some eyes in camp this spring. It’s not just the numbers he’s putting up but the way he’s gone about it.
“It always seems like his uniform is dirty,” Melvin said.
When they use adjectives like gamer, scrappy, dirty uniform, etc. to talk about a guy that’s high praise in baseball circles.
Something that hasn’t been talked about much, but could help his chances is that Roberts has some catching experience, albeit on a limited basis.
He said he caught a couple of games or around 10 innings in Triple-A and caught a number of bullpen sessions during his time with the Blue Jays.
Melvin said that the plan is to have Roberts catch some bullpens and do some defensive work with Glenn Sherlock as camp progresses.
“It does give him some options and makes him that much more versatile,” Melvin said.
— The staff seems pleased this spring with the work of catcher Miguel Montero.
“He’s making some strides behind the plate,” Melvin said. “Sherls and he have worked real hard on things.”
Some of those “things” include blocking balls, improving his throwing, understanding hitters better and taking charge behind the plate.