Johan Santana threw 28 pitches in two innings in an extended spring start Monday. Santana is on a five day schedule now so he will throw three innings next time out on Saturday in extended spring.
This would be such a great story to see Santana get one last shot playing at the big league level no matter what team it was with. He was getting clocked at 87-89 mph with his fastball which was a big improvement over where he was just a couple weeks ago. We could see this veteran left-hander as early as June for the Orioles. I know I'd personally love to see it.ANALYST: Drew Phelps
D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
LeMahieu broke a four-game, 0-for-14 stretch with this performance and produced his first RBI in nine games. The production has been weak lately, but he’s still batting .300 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases. The numbers aren’t eye-popping by any means, but the overall production is certainly more than what was originally expected. The fact that he plays half his games in Coors Field certainly helps, but if you have the opportunity to improve your second base position, we’d jump at the opportunity. Analysis: Howard Bender
Wandy Rodriguez coughed up five runs on nine hits and three walks with just two strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Saturday.
For the third-straight start, Rodriguez failed to pitch past the fifth inning and for the second time in his last three outings, he’s allowed five or more runs. He had a real hot start to the season, so this performance only pushed his ERA to 4.23 on the year, but this latest version, this inconsistent performer, is the Wandy we should have grown to expect. It’s tough to expect him to limit the runs while also going deep into games so you should really start picking and choosing your battles with him more carefully. His next outing, which comes against the Padres, is certainly favorable, though with a recently-rising 9.4-percent HR/FB, you’d rather not have this start coming at home. Analysis: Howard Bender