Will Ohman, who pitched the sixth inning today, was cut before the game ended. Tough day at the office.
The Nationals had signed Will Ohman to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp on February 11. He made his only appearance of the spring this afternoon against the Cardinals, allowing two hits and two walks in one inning of work. The 35-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Chicago White Sox, posting an aggregate 4.95 ERA in 80 innings.
With a surfeit of lefties in camp, including Zach Duke, the Nationals felt they had seen all they needed to see with Ohman after a single inning. Tough day, indeed.
William Ladson reports Ohman was joined by Bill Bray, Brandon Mann, and Tanner Roark as all were reassigned to Minor League camp.
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!