Adam Rosales has a secret. Or, he did.
The A’s utilityman informed Jane Lee of MLB.com on Thursday that he underwent surgery on his right foot on December 8 and will need another two or three months to get back to 100 percent health.
In other words, Rosales is not going to be ready when spring training begins and is likely to open the 2011 season on the disabled list.
He is aiming to begin playing in live spring games on March 15, but he’ll only meet that goal if he avoids setbacks and that still leaves him with just two weeks to prepare for the start of the 2011 season. The 27-year-old will probably be asked to take some reps at Triple-A Sacramento before joining the A’s around mid-April.
Rosales hit .271/.321/.400 with seven homers and 31 RBI over 255 at-bats last season. He is expected to serve as a utilityman for Oakland in 2011 once he is fully rehabbed.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!