Last Call from the Desert….
“I wish I could be there but this year I couldn’t.”
Pitcher Alexi Ogando on missing the Dominican Republic’s run to the World Baseball Classic championship game.
The Rangers sent down outfielder Engel Beltre to Triple A Round Rock on Tuesday. Beltre was 1-for-15 in the Cactus League while missing time in the World Baseball Classic to play with Spain. But manager Ron Washington is still seeing progress in Beltre’s development toward being a Major League player.
“The kid is doing well. He is on his way to being a big league ballplayer some day. But there’s not anybody going to give him anything. He has to earn it.”
Washington on having to tell a player he is going to the Minors, “It’s the worst part of the job. I say what I have to say and let the kid say what he wants to say. It’s not going to make a difference if there is a debate. I don’t like to tell anybody they’re being sent down because I’ve been there. But as long as he has a uniform, he has a chance. He’s not being released.”
Washington on Tanner Scheppers throwing a scoreless inning against the Cubs on Tuesday, “A very clean inning. He kept the ball down and made some good pitches.”
Derek Holland pitched 42/3 innings for Triple A Round Rock against Tucson at the Padres camp on Tuesday, allowing five runs on nine hits. He walked two, struck out three and threw 88 pitches.
Joe Nathan pitched two scoreless innings in a Minor League game between Class A Myrtle Beach and a Padres affiliate. He allowed a hit and four strikeouts while throwing 35 pitches.
Answer: A parking lot of Yugos, Fred Sanford’s front yard and the wireless internet in Spring Training press boxes.
Question: Name three piles of junk.