Purgatory Online

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

I'm headed down to Austin for South by Southwest tomorrow, so updates will be nonexistent until Monday. Until then, a couple of items of interest:

- Garret Anderson is supposedly hitting off a tee now, a decent step forward in his rehabilitation. Again, we're told he could make his spring training debut by the end of the week.

- Chris Bootcheck, who's been in the organization since 2001, has been reassigned to minor league camp, where he can contemplate his 10.00 spring training ERA at his leisure. He will presumably be starting the year in Salt Lake, where he spent all of 2003 and part of 2002. This is his put up or shut up year.

- Remeber when, coming into spring training, one of the general topics of conversation was that David Eckstein might have to fight Alfredo Amezaga for playing time? I don't think we need to discuss it any more:

Eckstein - .444 (8 for 18), 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR
Amezaga - .238 (5 for 21), 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR

- Troy Glaus seems to be turning things around. Since Friday, his average has jumped from .222 to .316 (6 for 19). I actually feel kind of dirty, trying to make anything out of such a small sample, but that's spring training for you. Glaus still hasn't gone yard, though.

- Jose Guillen leads the team in home runs, with three - that's one every seven at-bats.

We're not quite halfway through spring training games at this point. On Monday, we'll look at how the starting pitching is shaping up.