I’m sitting at home tonight watching all of the NCAA tournament games thanks to March Madness on Demand. It’s an absolute must and even better with the games on spectacular HD. Yesterday’s post centered around the Pirates moves and more info has come out today.
This is from Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Gorzelanny was sent to the Pirate City minor-league camp to begin work on making more consistent his delivery, his breaking ball, his changeup and his fastball command, not to mention his conditioning.
According to GM Neal Huntington:
“While he did great work to get himself in better condition [shedding about 20 pounds], he really just evened the playing field and put himself where he should’ve been all along. We need Tom Gorzelanny to make some adjustments and work his way back to the big leagues and earn a spot in this rotation.”
That my friends is a direct message to Tom Gorzelanny and he may be with the Indians longer than he wishes. While the move of sending Gorzelanny to the minors was a demotion, the move of cutting Neil Walker from Big League camp was a business move. From that same article by Chuck Finder:
Walker was sent down because tomorrow marked the date when his major league service clock could have started were he to get hurt in spring training and spend the year on the disabled list.
“This is the ugly business side,” Huntington said.
“I totally understand it,” Walker said. “They made it clear when the time would come, they would not hesitate to call me up. I showed [this spring] I’m extremely close.”
One player moves with his confidence growing, while another needs to find his. Just another story about the ups and downs of baseball.
Some good news today is the Indians had their first minor league spring training games today. They lost, but it’s not your normal nine inning game…you see there really aren’t any rules. OF Brandon Moss made a plate appearance in each of the first six innings going 1-5 with a walk. Moss injured his right thumb back on March 9th and is trying to come back in time for opening day. RHP Ross Olehdorf gave up 4 runs in 4 innings of work, but is still expected to be the Pirates #4 starter come the start of the season. Without any rules and true box scores the only info we gain from these games comes from Indians President Max Schumacher. Max is in Bradenton watching the Indians roster come together.
Enjoy the hoops and the Indians guarantee to open their season three weeks from tonight at Victory Field.