Friday AM notes
Good Friday morning. Sorry for no blogging on Thursday. It was a quasi-day off for me. I came in only for the Homer Bailey stuff and then left while Tyler Emerick took care of the rest. Tyler did a nice job and you should click here to read his notebook on Billy Hamilton, Mat Latos and Trevor Bell.
*Speaking of Latos, today was his third-straight day of throwing. He is up to 60-70 feet. Manager Bryan Price believes Latos is inching closer to being able to throw from a mound again, but not yet.
“I think we have to make sure the strength is there,” Price said Friday. “The good thing is he’s strong enough to go out there and not just be weight-bearing, but be able to be active and throw and keep his arm in shape.”
*RHP Jonathan Broxton has been throwing every day this week, alternating days of long tossing with a shorter distances. Having yet to experience any issues, Broxton is expecting to throw from a mound on Monday.
“We’ll see how it goes and see how I feel,” Broxton said. “Hopefully everything will feel normal.”
*During Thursday’s live batting practice, Price was impressed with RHP prospect Michael Lorenzen, and the deception he has while pitching.
“It’s not being able to see the ball and the pitcher being able to hide the ball well,” Price said. “It’s also that it looks like it’s going to come out easy and he’s going to pump it in there at 88. The next thing you know, it’s on you at 95-98. That’s real good deception.”
*High winds apparently made Thursday’s first pop-up drill more of a challenge than usual
“You have no idea what type of weather you’re going to get as far as the wind issue,” Price said. “We have our fundamentals set up weeks in advance on what days we’re going to do each fundamental. It would happen that the first gust of wind we’ve had out here in about six weeks would happen yesterday when we have our first fly ball communication drill. That’s why we’re here. I think we revisit this in another few days. I don’t think we’ll have the same issue.”
More later if anything comes up …