“Is this heaven?”
“No, Tyler. It’s Iowa.”
Cubs’ outfielder/first baseman Tyler Colvin has been sent down to AAA. This despite a rookie campaign that showed some promise. Indeed, it may have been too good to be true: 20 homers and 56 RBIs in 358 at-bats despite not doing a ton in the minors to suggest that such performance in the majors was possible. And it does seem that 2010 performance was either a bit premature for his place on the development curve or rather flukey, because this season he’s just not getting the job done. He’s hitting just .113 with two homers.
Replacing Colvin on the roster is Tony Campana who, while not a power hitter like Colvin, is hitting .342/.383/.442 down in Iowa so far this season.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.