Aaron told us earlier this week that Troy Glaus was surprisingly seeing some action at third base while rehabbing a knee injury with Triple-A Gwinnett. His transition back to the hot corner hasn’t gone perfectly.
Glaus committed two errors during Tuesday’s game and was nearly charged with another on Wednesday. Still, he told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is quickly getting comfortable with the position where he spent the first 12 years of his career.
“The more reps you get, the quicker your reactions are going to get,”
Glaus said. “I feel good over there…Hopefully I’ll get a lot of action
and show everybody I can still play over there.”
The 34-year-old Glaus was batting just .174 with two home runs and 15 RBI over his last 46 games before being placed on the disabled list last week, but the good news is that he has feasted on International League pitching thus far, going 5-for-10 with two homers, seven RBI and four runs scored over his first three games with the club.
Even Glaus will acknowledge that he can’t move around like he used to, so it’s not like he’s coming back to the majors to take Martin Prado’s job or anything, but proving his flexibility would give him a strong argument to be included on the postseason roster as a right-handed bat off the bench.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo has an interesting report today. MLB and Rawlings are developing a new baseball. It will have a tacky surface on the leather, allowing pitchers to get a better grip without having to resort to sunscreen and rosin and pine tar and stuff. Substances which, in theory, are for grip but which are really used by pitchers to doctor the ball, with MLB and opposing hitters mostly looking the other way.
They tested the new balls in the Arizona Fall League last year and Passan talks to a couple of the pitchers who used the ball. More testing would be required, though, so we’re not likely to see the new balls until at least 2018.
As you know, baseball players love change, so I’m sure we won’t hear another thing about the ball and its introduction will go off seamlessly.
Wait. It’ll still have seams. You know what I mean.
The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.
Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.
The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.
In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems: