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Archive for February, 2011

Tabata Frontrunner for Leadoff Spot for Bucs

Jose Tabata appears to be the leadoff hitter of choice in the early going for the Pirates. Last season Tabata batted mostly second in the lineup, following the speedy Andrew McCutchen. Should he stay atop of the order, he could see even more stolen base opportunities. (Rotowire)

Kuo Has Successful Bullpen Session

Hong-Chih Kuo threw 43 pitches in a bullpen session Monday. Kuo has had four operations on his throwing elbow, so the Dodgers are treating him conservatively in the early days of spring training. He’ll need to throw another bullpen session and live batting practice before making his first appearance of the spring. If all goes well, he could appear in a game next week. (Rotoworld)

Kennedy Feels Fine after Rough First Outing

Ian Kennedy’s arm felt good after his spring debut Sunday despite his struggles in two innings against the Giants, the D-Backs’ official site reports. Kennedy allowed four hits and two runs in two innings to start the game. “My fastball was leaking over the plate a little too much,” Kennedy told “But healthwise, physically, I felt good. It’s nice to have some competition.” He walked one and struck out two. Kennedy was on the hook for the loss until a late rally by Arizona. “First outing, he threw the ball well and his arm feels good,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “That’s encouraging.” Due to a should aneurysm in 2009, Kennedy’s 2010 workload will ultimately lead many to consider him an injury risk in his second full season with the D-Backs due to the spike in his workload. His success will weigh heavily on his ability to maintain the improvements to his walk and home-run rates from the second half of last season. (Rotowire, CBS Sports)

Former RoadRunner Jody Gerut Announces Retirement

Jody Gerut officially announced his retirement at a press conference Sunday. Gerut signed a minor league contract with the Mariners this winter, but he told reporters Sunday that he “lost his desire” for the game. The 33-year-old will finish up with a .262/.325/.433 career slash line and 472 career hits. He played six major league seasons, and was a member of the RoadRunners in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and was protected following the 2008 season. (Rotoworld / Shannon Drayer)


Gerut, 33, originally broke in with the Indians back in 2003 after being a second round pick of the Rockies in 1998. He hit .279/.336/.494 with 22 homers and 33 doubles in 525 plate appearances as a rookie, but followed it up with a disappointing .252/.334/.405 season in 2004. Gerut bounced from the Indians to the Cubs to the Pirates before being out of the game completely in 2006 and 2007.

After signing a minor league contract with the Padres in 2008, Gerut resurfaced with a .296/.351/.494 season. He also spent time with the Brewers and is a career .262/.325/.433 hitter with 59 homers in just under 2,000 plate appearances. Gerut hit for the cycle last May, and he also hit the first homerun in CitiField history (as the game’s first batter). has his career earnings at just over $5.1MM.


Volquez Delayed Due to Visa Issues, Though He’s In Camp

Edinson Volquez will not be able to start in Sunday’s Cactus League opener due to visa issues that forbid him from working in games that have paying customers. He’ll be limited to simulated games until the issue is resolved. “It’s up to the government,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “He can stay here until it’s approved and when it’s approved, we’ll send him back [to big league games].” Volquez has been tabbed as the Reds’ Opening Day starter, and it seems very unlikely that this issue will alter those plans. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the right-hander is going to try to resolve the problem in Mexico in order to expedite the process. He should be able to make his first live appearance here shortly. (Rotoword /

Axford to Miss a Week Due to Food Poisoning

Axford (food poisoning) probably won’t pitch in a spring training game until the end of next week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt reports. He’ll still be doing his own workouts in the meantime and should be able to get in enough work to be ready for the start of the regular season. (Rotowire)

Stubbs in the Mix for Reds Leadoff Man

The Reds will consider using Drew Stubbs back in the leadoff spot in the lineup this season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Stubbs struggled at the beginning of the season last year when he was hitting leadoff, then came on strong later in the year when hitting down in the order. That said, correlation doesn’t necessarily indicate causation. It’s not necessarily true that hitting leadoff caused Stubbs to struggle in his first full season in the majors. (Rotowire)

Posey has Multiple Hits in Spring Training Opener

Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with a two-run double as the Giants edged the Diamondbacks 7-6 Friday in the first official game of the spring. Arizona rallied late, scoring two runs off Casey Daigle in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough, and the Giants won despite getting outhit 10-7 and outhomered 1-0. Posey was the lone Giant with multiple hits, though Andres Torres walked twice and scored a couple of runs. (Rotoworld)

Tulowitzki Sets Record for Rockies SS Opening Day Starts

Troy Tulowitzki is poised to make his fifth straight Opening Day start at shortstop for the Rockies, breaking a tie for the franchise record with stalwarts Walt Weiss and Neifi Perez. Obviously, Tulowitzki is easily the best shortstop to ever play for this young Rockies franchise. This should be yet another fantastic year for Tulowitzki, with 30 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBI a distinct possibility if he can remain on the field. (Rotowire)

Five-Time RoadRunner Grudzielanek Retires

According to Jon Morosi of, Mark Grudzielanek has decided to retire. “I put in all this work but never really thought about what I accomplished,” said Grudzielanek. “Now I look at it, and I was a .290 career hitter for 15 years. I’m very thankful. I was able to stay healthy enough to do that. Now it’s time to carry onto the next adventure.” The 40-year-old batted .273/.328/.273 with 11 RBI in 110 at-bats with the Indians last season before being designated for assignment by the club in June. He calls it a career with a .289 lifetime batting average and 2,040 career hits over 15 major league seasons. Grudzielanek was a five-time Atomic RoadRunner, having been on the squad from 1995-97, as well as 1999 and 2003. (Rotoworld)