Last call from the Desert: A.J. Pierzynski, C.J. Wilson
Leftover from Valentines Day:
“This year we understand the first couple of batting practices and the first couple of games are not going to be what they were in September. Some guys are good practice players, some are good game players. He’s probably not a good practice player.”
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux on Yu Darvish.
Astros manager Bo Porter held a short ceremony in his clubhouse on Thursday to honor Philip Humber, the pitcher acquired in the off-season from the White Sox. Humber was being honored by Rice University for the perfect game he pitched last season and Porter decided to host a small toast to him in the clubhouse.
Porter had Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski help lead the toast. Pierzynski was Humber’s catcher during the perfect game so he called long distance to join in the ceremony.
“It was kind of cool,” Pierzynski said. “It’s not every day you get to do that. It was nice of Bo to include me, especially for Phil. He’s a great guy.”
Pierzynski said he was on the phone and, “It was like, hey you’re live in the Houston Astros clubhouse.” I was like, ‘Hey guys, how it’s going over there.’”
Humber was thrilled to hear from his former batterymate, saying, “He just called and I said ‘I hope your elbow feels OK after all the sliders we threw that day.’ He just said congrats today and how much fun it was. A.J.’s good about stuff like that. He’s a talker, so it was cool. I didn’t know who Bo [Porter] had on the phone, but when I knew it was A.J. I knew it was going to be a good deal.”
Those who watched Neal Cotts throw live batting practice on Thursday said he threw the ball “extremely well.”
Julio Borbon blasted a few baseballs out of the park during his first batting practice of the spring. Borbon hit a career-high ten home runs last year at Triple A, including six off left-handers.
C.J. Wilson on new Angels teammate Josh Hamilton, “It’s going to be a process. I’m sure when he first goes into play in Arlington, it’s going to be a little bit odd, a little bit weird, maybe a little bit hostile. But I’ve obviously gone through that so I’m sure between me, Albert (Pujols) and Josh, we’re going to get booed pretty hard there.”
Former Rangers reliever Mike Adams had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery in the off-season and reported no problems in his first throwing session with the Phillies. Said Adams, “I feel great. When I’m throwing the ball I don’t notice anything that feels different. I’m throwing the ball a lot better than last year. I know that.”