Brian Roberts isn’t in camp today. But a team spokesman rained on our conspiracy-theory parade by informing us that Roberts has a stomach ailment and visited a local hospital this morning. His name is listed on the team’s medical report. He hasn’t been traded. He isn’t taking a physical at the Cubs’ camp. He isn’t having breakfast with Ernie Banks.
I’m still checking to see if Ronny Cedeno has a stomach ache.
B.J. Surhoff arrived at camp today and will work as an instructor. He doesn’t know his exact duties yet.
“Whatever they ask me to do,” he said. “I’m here to help Dave (Trembley) and the staff however I can.”
I’m guessing that he’ll spend some time with a certain Georgia Tech catcher. They can talk ACC hoops.
Rick Dempsey and Scott McGregor will show up later and work as instructors. There’s a chance that Boog Powell, who lives in Key West, will do the same.
Catcher Ben Davis might be the most impressive physical specimen in camp. He’s listed at 6 foot 4, 215 pounds, but he looks bigger. And it’s all muscle (and tattoos).
He looks like he’d average 40 home runs a season – all of them 500 feet or more. But he’s hit 38 in seven seasons, with a high of 11 in 2001. Size doesn’t matter.
Davis, the second overall pick in the 1995 draft, hasn’t played in the majors since 2004. He’s trying to win the backup job here, but Guillermo Quiroz is the clear favorite at this time.