Very quick today.
Milton Bradley made his Cubs debut yesterday. He drew a walk in the first inning.
And was promptly removed with tightness in his left quad muscle.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the move was simply a precautionary measure, and too much shouldn’t be read into it.
We’ve heard that before. Bradley missed 36 games last year, but never landed on the disabled list. Not once. He’s a great baseball player, and was a great fit in the clubhouse (something he’s predictably already being praised for in Chicago as well), but, sadly, he seems to be terminally day-to-day.
I hope for really good things for Bradley over the life of his three-year, $30 million deal with the Cubs. But man, especially given the way the market for hitters developed this winter, I’d have a bit of an upset stomach if I were Cubs management.
Josh Hamilton’s first 11 trips to the plate last spring: .636/.636/1.000. His first six this spring: .500/.500/1.500.
He’s good at baseball.
Kevin Millwood, Joe Torres, and Willie Eyre were sharp yesterday.
The Rangers will reportedly be at free-agent righthander Chad Cordero’s throwing session today. It will be his fourth audition for big league teams in two weeks.
Philadelphia has released Adam Eaton, eatin’ $9 million to do so.
No big league team other than the one you follow has a Scott Lucas covering it, and accordingly only Rangers fans have a resource like this available to them: http://rangers.scottlucas.com/site/rule5.htm
The Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League signed righthander Trey Hodges.
Sports Page Dallas did a quick interview with me for this week’s edition: http://www.sportspage-dallas-ftworth.com/article-detail.php?id=41
Both local papers wrote today that the Rangers are putting individual game tickets on sale tomorrow. Not true. They go on sale Saturday, March 7 (at 9 a.m.). More details here: http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=tex
Also, tickets for the Saturday, April 4 exhibition game against the Royals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will be available that same day for $4.00. Any regularly priced ticket up to $25 for the 1:00 game will cost only four bucks.