There has been a lot of chatter about the Mets and Michael Bourn in the past day or so. It breaks down like this: John Harper of the Daily News says that he has been told that the Mets have a real interest in Bourn. He also reports that the Mets not signing Scott Hairston,…
CLEVELAND—Buck Showalter raved about Manny Machado’s play at shortstop on Friday night. Machado also had four hits, but on one of those hits, Machado was thrown out running the bases.
Leading off the fifth inning, Machado’s drive to center kicked away from Rajai Davis, and instead of stopping at second, he raced towards third and was easily thrown out.
It’s not the first time this season that Machado has violated what many see as a cardinal baseball rule. Don’t make the first or third out of the inning at third base.
“There’s been a lot of times where he’s done something that may not be conventional, but it works out real well. I don’t want to take that away from him,” Showalter said.
“He knows. It’s just a reminder every once in a while that he’s 23 years old. There are some things that all young players have to experience so they don’t make those mistakes again. Is it a mistake if he’s safe? Sometimes you get so caught up in conventionality that we take away some guys’ freedom and their imagination. I think the big issue you have is if some guys are making the same mistake over and over again.”
CLEVELAND—A little more than two hours after Yovani Gallardo completed a simulated game, manager Buck Showalter announced that he would make a rehab start at Frederick against Potomac on Thursday night.
Showalter hopes that Gallardo, who threw 45 pitches on Saturday will be able to throw four innings or 60 pitches in the rehab start. Assuming Gallardo feels strong on Sunday and has a work day early next week, the rehab assignment is on.
“It’s encouraging. We’re trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves. That’s about as far as I’m going to go, but we’ve got a plan if everything goes well,” Showalter said.
Gallardo, who has been on the disabled list since Apr. 23 with tendinitis in his was satisfied by the simulated game. He faced one major league hitter, Paul Janish, and two coaches, Einar Diaz and Wayne Kirby.
“I felt pretty good. The curveball was coming out like the previous two bullpens. Offspeed pitches were sharp. I’m pretty excited about how it all went today,” Gallardo said.
“I think it’s a matter of getting that pitch count up, to be honest. It’s one of those things. It’s going to be key and it’s all going to depend on how I’m able to recover each and every time that I throw.”
Janish has hit against Gallardo in the past, and was happy to help out.
“I think I stood in for four simulated at-bats, so I saw all of his pitches. He threw his changeup, his cutter, his curveball and his regular fastball. Everything was crisp and he seemed to have good control of everything, which I think is another indication that he’s not having any kind of tweaks or discomfort. I think control would be the first thing to go, so he looked good. Best way to say it is he looked good.”
Showalter was upbeat about Gallardo’s simulated game.
“He got a little tired at the end, which you can expect. The arm swing was good. You can tell by the smile on his face that he felt good about it,” Showalter said.
The Ravens forfeited one week of OTAs as part of their punishment for breaking offseason workout rules (the team dressed players in full pads during rookie minicamp, which is a no-go). But don't worry guys, Saints head coach Sean Payton says that's no biggie.
Of course a few OTA days seem like peanuts to a guy who was suspended for all of 2012, you may be thinking. But hear the man out.
During a radio interview with PFT Live, Payton was asked about the impact of losing those sessions.
I don’t think it’s a big deal. The reason I say that is, look, it doesn’t keep the players from lifting and running and so a week of OTAs would be three on-the-field sessions. You don’t want to lose those opportunities and, shoot, one of those opportunities you might have some type of team building experience set up. I think each team does similar things during the OTAs. There’s a lot of offense versus defense. There’s some restrictions regarding one-on-ones but the players are out there in their element, and they’re going though a little bit of a practice format for two hours. So really that equates to about six hours on the field.
Payton explained that the offseason's first phases are valuable because players return to the facility to work out and build camaraderie.
The Ravens may miss out on practice elements, but they're still getting to do what's most important at this early juncture.