Saturday morning notes
Two days after taking a 95 mph Aroldis Chapman heater to the right leg, Todd Frazier will see action in Saturday’s game vs. the Indians. Frazier had a bruised quadriceps but is fine.
Manager Dusty Baker plans to give Frazier a couple of at-bats as the DH later in the game.
“He’s champing at the bit,” Baker said. [The medical staff] had him unable to play but he says he’s able. We talked and they said he’s cool, he’s fine. That was yesterday.”
*Today will also mark the spring debuts of pitchers Travis Wood and Mike Leake. Both have eyes on the fifth spot of the rotation. Baker has never seen Wood in a game and watched Leake pitch once in the Arizona Fall League last year. He’s watched them throw in bullpens and live BP though.
“They’re not only young arms — they are pretty advanced pitching wise – location, movement, change of speeds,” Baker said. “They pitch older than their age. … I just hope they relax and throw strikes. I think they well.”
*Infielder Aaron Miles is still wearing a splint on his fractured right middle finger. Miles said he’s doing well and the fracture is at the tip of the finger (his fingernail was a gruesome black). Once he’s able to swing and throw through the pain, he will get back into action. The injury happened on Tuesday while working on double play drills.
*Johnny Cueto will start today in his first game since last season. Cueto usually throws in winter ball but was prevented from doing that this past off-season. Will he be as sharp in the early going?
“Probably not,” Baker said. “You can tell the guys that played winter ball from the guys that don’t. Look at Asdrubal Cabrera yesterday, or Perez on their side. You look at guys like Viola, Castillo and Del Rosario on our side. They’re two weeks removed from playing. The same with Francisco.
“Johnny looks great. He looks in great shape. He’s throwing the ball great.”
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