John Fay has the pitchers who will work tomorrow’s intrasquad game, as well as Friday’s Cactus League opener. First, tomorrow:
Aaron Harang, Homer Bailey, Enerio Del Rosario, Jordan Smith, Logan Ondrusek, Alexander Smith, Philippe Valiquette, Pedro Viola and Aroldis Chapman will pitch in an intrasquad game on Thursday.
Yep, that will be Chapman’s “debut” of sorts. Can’t wait to see how that works out.
As announced yesterday, Mike Lincoln will start the spring opener on Friday. Matt Maloney, Justin Lehr, Carlos Fisher, Sam LeCure and Jon Atkins will follow Lincoln.
Mike Lincoln, your Opening Day starter! Heh. Seriously, it’d be great if Lincoln figured out how to pitch. He isn’t going to be in the starting rotation, but we can always use more competent relievers. Speaking of which, here’s what Dusty Baker had to say about oft-injured Bill Bray: “He’s been doing good. He had a nice ‘pen yesterday. Things are starting to come together. He’s working on some things, trying to build his arm up without having any setbacks.”
What’s the over/under on number of days before Bray gets injured again? Poor guy can’t stay healthy, which is too bad, because he is a decent lefty when healthy.
Also, as you see above, Justin Lehr will be pitching on Friday, after an outstanding 2009 campaign. Lehr is optimistic. I wouldn’t mind seeing Lehr make the big club, as a long reliever/spot starter. He can help the team in that role.
Lots of pitchers for very few spots. Some of that is going to start getting sorted out once games begin. Should be interesting.