Winter Warm-Up Day 1, running thread
Greetings from the Millennium.
4 pm – John Mozeliak said he thinks Wellemeyer and one other arb-eligible player could have their contracts finished within a couple of days. That player is likely either Chris Duncan or Brad Thompson.
3 pm – Brendan Ryan has bulked up a little bit, said he’s put on 10-12 pounds. It’s noticeable in a good way.
12:30 pm – Todd Wellemeyer sounds like he’s closing in on squaring away his 2009 contract. “I know it’s getting close,” he said.
12:20 pm – Adam Kennedy acknowledges that nothing is guaranteed for him, and said he doesn’t think anything really needs to be smoothed over. As for the 2B job: “It’s someone’s job to win, and I plan on doing that.”
12:05 pm – Chris Carpenter is extremely optimistic about his recovery. Boiling it down, he said he’s going about things as though he’s simply preparing for the season, rather than rehabbing from an injury. Playing catch every day.
“I feel good. I feel like it’s a regular winter. … Right now I feel like a normal offseason. My shoulder feels good. I have no issues whatsoever.”
11:05 am – Chris Perez divulged that he has a bone spur in his left ankle that bothered him in September last year. He did not have surgery but did have a cortisone shot earlier in the winter. He may need a couple more shots in it as the season goes on, but said he does not feel it when he pitches.
Perez has lost weight, and it’s noticeable upon seeing him.
“I had a little ankle issue this season, and they said losing a couple pounds might help it,” he said. “So it’s just a combination of things.
“[I’ve done] A lot of bike [work]. My ankle, I have a bone spur in there and it kind of makes it tough for me to run on it a lot. But I got a cortisone shot like two months ago and it feels a lot better. So I’ve just been doing a bunch of biking — intervals and hill training and stuff like that.”
10:55 am – Josh Kinney says he’s had a normal offseason, nothing out of the ordinary with his arm. “So far, so good. It’s been nice. No rehab. Different.” Kinney also reported the two highlights of his winter were a successful bear hunt and getting engaged.
10:45 am – Chris Duncan says he’s feeling great, working out extensively, having no problems since his surgery. “I’ve been doing everything,” he said. “I pretty much feel like nothing ever happened.”