Day 2: More arms take the mound
With the exception of Roberto Hernandez, who’s not due in Kissimmee for a few more days because of visa issues, every pitcher in camp has thrown at least one bullpen after groups three and four got on the mound Sunday at Osceola County Stadium.
“I think their readiness is always a great sense of pride,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “These guys come in and they’ve already thrown a handful of bullpens. Some of them have simulated innings. But that said, that’s the moment you hold your breath to see what kind of shape their arms are in and their legs are in. You can’t simulate the PFP stuff that we’re doing, the bullpens, the amount of throwing. I’m pretty pleased with how in shape their arms are.”
For Hinch, Sunday’s mound sessions gave him a chance to see hard-throwing Michael Felix and Alex White up close for the first time. Of course, Brad Peacock also threw off the mound for the first time since his hip surgery in October.
“Obviously, you can’t tell these guys to sort of ease into the camp and expect them to be full throttle,” Hinch said. “Most of them don’t quite listen 100 percent to that message and they go out there and go pretty firm. It’s been a very productive couple of days and we have two more days of this before the full squad games here. We’re getting our work in.”
There will be two more days of bullpens before the pitchers and catchers are joined in the workouts by the hitters, many of whom are already in camp.
Quotes of the day
“If he’s tough to catch, he’s definitely going to be tough to hit,” — C Jason Castro on RHP Pat Neshek.
Injury report: RHP Brad Peacock (hip surgery) threw 20 fastballs in the bullpen Sunday in his first action since having surgery. RHP Vincent Velasquez (strained right lat) won’t throw for at least two-to-three weeks.
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