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Thursday, March 21, 2013

News and notes from Day 3

I've got 40 videos to upload once I get back to the room, but the GMS wireless is misbehaving right now, so they'll have to wait. Instead, I can give you a few notes from the afternoon at the Himes Complex. 

- Mark Newman said this afternoon that Mark Montgomery is not in the mix for the Trenton bullpen, meaning he's ticketed for Triple-A. I figured all along that he had earned a spot there based on his gangbusters performance with the Thunder, and it seems I got this one right. I mean, you'd have to figure  they wouldn't hold back the organization's minor league Pitcher of the Year, would they?

- Shaeffer Hall threw one inning today in relief of Dellin Betances in the Triple-A game. Newman said he might be used out of the bullpen this year, which would create another hole in the Scranton rotation to potentially be filled by, say, Chien-Ming Wang, if his tryout goes well. 

- Jeremy Bleich isn't sure, but he figures he's headed to Trenton to continue working out of the pen. That makes sense to me. 

- Manny Banuelos was in camp today. He wasn't doing much of anything, but he was there. So that's something. 

- Shane Brown, whose homer accounted for the only run Scranton got off of CC Sabathia on Wednesday, was sick today and stayed home. I believe Kevin Mahoney did the same. 

- Gil Patterson and the coaching staff here have worked with Betances to shorten his stride and keep him from collapsing at the end of his delivery. He had a few blips in his game today, but for the most part he kept the ball down and threw quality strikes. 

- Jose Campos is throwing pain-free, Nardi Contreras told me this morning, and it's a "coin-flip" as to whether he heads to Charleston or Tampa this season, though it sounds like they're leaning toward Charleston. 

- Ramon Flores looks excellent. He was ripping balls to right field with some serious authority in the morning, and he used a magnificent inside-out swing to flip a single to left in the game against the Phillies. The young man has some serious bat control. 


Blogger intnlbaseball said...

Any idea when Camarena is scheduled to pitch next this spring?

March 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM 

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