Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Chris Young, Adrian Gonzalez make the Opening Day roster 

According to T.R. Sullivan in today's S-T, Chris Young's performance yesterday was enough for him to nail day a spot in the starting rotation, beating out Ricardo Rodriguez for the last open slot.

RicRod could still end up on the major league roster, either in the bullpen as a middle reliever with Frankie Francisco on the shelf, or as the #5 starter if Pedro Astacio isn't healthy to start the season. I'd just as soon see the team cut bait with Astacio, who hasn't pitched well for several years and has had problems this spring, but they still seem as committed to plugging him in the rotation as they did when he was signed.

Gonzalez sticking as the DH is an interesting twist, as well, one that I touched on a couple of days ago. Colbrunn's awful spring, and the acknowledgement by management that he just isn't swinging the bat well right now, opened the door for Gonzalez, and he's apparently walked on through. The challenge for him is going to be to continue the progress he's made into the season, particularly since there doesn't appear to be a legitimate righthanded compliment on the bench, with Colbrunn on his way out.

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