On Tuesday we talked about the roster and how it figures to shake out. As part of that piece, I mentioned that a few players were either out of options or close to being out of options and how that may come in to play when making decisions. There were some questions as to what exactly was meant by that so it’s probably a good thing to address so keep an eye out for that post next week. In the meantime, let’s look at some headlines.
Matt Garza Is Ahead of Schedule? – News out of the Garza camp has Matty Ice hopeful for a season debut approximately two weeks into the season, rather than four weeks. It’s hard to know exactly. We’re not dealing with an arm issue at this point, which is a positive. I’m cautiously optimistic right now about Garza and I think the plan now needs to give him whatever timetable needed to get him back healthy so he can be on the audition pedestal for other teams to watch for a trade. The future for Garza is not with this team so it’s important to have him put up the best numbers possible to maximize the return.
Scratch Junior Lake From Roster Consideration – On Tuesday I felt like Lake had a really good chance at making this team out of spring training as a backup infielder. Lake has missed the last few days with soreness in his shoulder. An MRI taken today revealed that the youngster will miss the rest of camp with a stress fracture in his rib. That’s a bummer for him, but he’s just a phone call away once he comes back.
Ian Stewart’s Back – It was announced on Wednesday that Stewart will make his spring debut today in a game against the Dodgers. For Stewart, he’s battling for a spot in the starting lineup at a position with very little options. The job is out there for him to grab. If he can prove he’s healthy, the job has to be his to lose. Also scheduled to return is Josh Vitters.