Winter Warm-Up Day 2, running thread
Hello again from the work room at the Millennium.
11:15 am – Skip Schumaker on second base, a suggestion which seems to baffle him: “First of all, I think Adam Kennedy can do the job. I just want to go out and say that. He had, I think one bad month or something last year. The guy obviously has done it before, and he wants to do it again here.
“Secondly, I was a shortstop in high school and college, and I moved to the outfield my last year in college. I played infield before. There’s a reason why I’m in the outfield, I think.”
11:05 am – Brad Thompson is confident his 2009 contract will be done soon. “This is the first time my agent has had to work for his money. I think it’s something that’s going to be done soon. I don’t think we’re that far off. It should be done.”
10:55 am – Rick Ankiel said his surgery went very well and he’s going through normal season prep. “I’m preparing,” he said. “I rehabbed the first 6-8 weeks, then took it slow the next probably four weeks, and then after that, back to the regular regimen.”
Ankiel was noncommittal on the possibility of working out a deal before he reaches free agency, but don’t put too much stock in it. He’s pretty much always noncommittal about that sort of thing.
“As I said before, all I can do is focus on being healthy and playing a whole year. Everything else will take care of itself after that. … Absolutely, I’ve told [Scott Boras] I want to work in St. Louis. But for me, it’s just focusing on having a healthy year. If you don’t play, nobody’s going to want you.”