Thursday, January 15, 2009

The One Where We Discuss Upton's Shoulder, His Dog, A Gross Contract And Beef K
BJ Upton hopes to be in the opening day lineup in Boston, but cautions that he may not join the team until they return home from their roadtrip a week later. Upton has been warned that the potentially cold weather in Boston and Baltimore opening week may cause his surgically repaired shoulder to ache.

We also learn from Bill Chastain that Upton brought along his dog, Deuce, to his workout at Tropicana Field yesterday. Deuce is a Rhodesian Ridgeback. No word on whether Deuce took a deuce in the outfield or whether Justin Ruggiano would have been required to clean it up.

Upton may miss Opening Day [MLB]

  • The Rays signed Gabe Gross to a one-year deal avoiding arbitration. The deal is for $1.255 million...We had projected Gross at $1.3 million. [The Heater]
  • Kevin Gengler will be joining Tyler Hissey today at 1pm on the latest installment of the "Rays Digest Podcast". The show can be downloaded later. [Rays Digest]
  • Several Rays comment on the recent signing of Pat Burrell. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Scott Kazmir has employed a new off-season training program and has added nearly 20 pounds of muscle as a result...It will be interesting to see if Kid K now looks older than 12, and whether we should change his nickname to "Beef K"...In the same piece we learn that the new alternate jersey will debut at home on May 1. [St. Pete Times]
  • Tampa Bay Sports Blog wonders why the Rays ended up with Gabe Kapler over Rocco Baldelli. [Tampa Bay Sports Blog]
  • Several owners have jumped on the "Salary Cap" bandwagon. [Yahoo! Sports]

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Blogger kyle said...

LOL @ Kaz.....17 lbs of muscle in 2 months is a helluva lot...esp for someone of his stature. I like 'Beef K'....hope it catches on.

I wonder if a mere 'ache' will be enough to keep BJ out of the lineup on Opening Day. And if it's just because of cold weather, I wonder if he'll get any hacks in towards the end of ST?

Despite being our shortest offseason ever, it sure feels like the longest.....jeeez.

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Professor said...

the reports are not clear, but it sounds like he will be playing in spring training at some point and that the should will be healed. just that the opening week weather may cause them to be cautious.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

"Despite being our shortest offseason ever, it sure feels like the longest.....jeeez."

Tomorrow is the halfway point between Opening Day and the day the World [Series] ended...

Of course the 2nd half of it won't seem as long once we get into Spring Training and the World Baseball Classic to at least keep us distracted.

And I sense "Friends" had an influence on the title of this post... lol

11:26 AM  
Blogger Clayton said...

Can't we just get it going for goodness' sake? I'm antsy.

Things I'm watching at Spring Training:

How good is Matt Joyce?
How is BJ's swing looking?
Is David Price going to be too good to send down?
Is Jeff Niemann good enough to allow Price time for seasoning?
Excited to get a look at Tim Beckham.

Does anyone know if the MLB Network is going to televise any Spring Training games?

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Yeah, that 20 lbs of muscle in 2 months is almost impossible, unless he had help. I'm guessing that number is wrong.

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Professor said...


normally i would agree, but let's say Kaz was not working out at all during the season. it is possible that he was slightly underweight at the end of the year.

so the first 5 pounds might have been real easy and just his normal weight gain.

so if the number is really 17 or 18 pounds gained. now we are talking really about adding 12-13 pounds in 2 months. a lot still, but not really impossible.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why dod they go and resign Gross?Definetley after signing Kapler and trading for Joyce?

Instead of Kaz working on weight gain,maybe he should work on control so he Ks more instead of BB more like he did towards the end of the season.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

the article answers your question-anonymous- it helps his stability in his delivery which is one of the top things that contribute to consistency, and maybe he was tired of Kalas being called the strapping young lad.

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