Busy today here in camp…
The pitching staff was set after the game and there were no real surprises. I’ll have more to say on this subject tomorrow.
Here are a couple of things Bob Melvin told us following the game…
— RHP Bobby Korecky, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins early in camp, has pitched better of late, but it wasn’t enough to win a spot on the staff.
“He got off to a little bit of a rough start coming into a new place and probably put a little too much pressure on himself early on,” Melvin said. “But pitched well the last couple of times out. Certainly a guy that we wouldn’t be afraid to call on at some point during the season.”
— Brandon Webb threw in a Minor League game and pitched around four innings (hard to say exactly since they tacked on a few outs in an inning or two). He threw 57 pitches, intentionally lower than his last few starts to keep him fresh.
“My fastball location was pretty good I thought,” Webb said. “Kind of working with the new catcher, threw a few more breaking balls than I would have, so I got some of those under my belt.”
Webb may throw two bullpen sessions between now and his start Opening Day on Monday.
— Tom Gordon continues to progress. He’ll throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and then a few more on just one day’s rest rather than the two days rest he has been working on for most of the spring.
We should know more about a possible timetable for his return in the coming days.
— Jon Garland threw around five innings in a Minor League game on Monday and Melvin said the right-hander continued to work on his cut fastball and curve.
— It wasn’t really a ringing endorsement when Melvin was asked if he would still use Jon Rauch as a setup guy despite his poor spring.
“Based on his history I think we’re pretty much locked into that,” Melvin said.