I'm always amazed at how far this blog can reach people. Check this out:
"Hey Roch. I have been following your blog since day one all the way from Gabon in Central Africa. Spring training coverage was super. Keep up the good work. Question - I can't remember the name of the young gun that pitched two games for the o's last year and was supposed to compete this spring. He almost made it as a reliever but they sent him down to get innings. I've looked at all the minor rosters and don't see him (I'd recognize the name as soon as I saw it). Do you know who I'm asking about and what is his status?"
First of all, thanks for the kind words. And keep reading. Maybe you can tell me more about Gabon and give me a sense of what life is like there on a daily basis. I'll swap you some Eldersburg stories.
As for your request, I went through last year's roster and can't find anyone who matches your description. Hayden Penn is at extended spring training but should join Triple-A Ottawa next week. John Maine was traded to the New York Mets, along with Jorge Julio, for Kris Benson. Rick Bauer was let go and signed with the Texas Rangers. Steve Reed retired.
OK, I didn't think you meant him.
If anyone else can help, please do. I'm out of suggestions.
Let's try to put last night's game out of our minds. In fact, let's ship it to Gabon. I know somebody there who can take care of it.
A radio guy - I always hesitate to say reporter - asked manager Sam Perlozzo if there was anything he could take from the game, or would he rather throw it all away?
"I'd like to throw it all away," he said.
At least he was able to smile. You can usually count on one of those from Sam.
The poor guy was bombarded with questions before the game about Tim Byrdak's elbow injury and how it would affect his bullpen matchups, who would replace David Newhan in the No. 2 slot, etc.
"A lot of tough questions today, gentlemen," he said, again smiling.
"I've got a whole lot of no-answers."
He came to this realization after trying to provide one that lasted about 12 minutes.
I think Sam will find that a sense of humor is imperitive in this job.
Eddy Rodriguez joins the club today, where he can hang out in the bullpen with Sendy Rleal and Chris Britton. Anybody seen Cory Morris?
When did Chris Ray become a grizzled veteran?
The Orioles need to do some major construction with this bullpen, even after Todd Williams returns. This can't go on.
And neither can I. I'm heading to my gym, Triangle Fitness in Eldersburg, but I'll report back later, once I'm able to raise my arms again.