SARASOTA, Fla. - Today is Photo Day at the complex, when players in their home whites are paraded in front of photographers from various media outlets. It’s a spring training tradition. It’s also the last thing they want to do, but it’s one of their responsibilities.
Players will then head to the back fields as usual for another round of catch, infield drills and batting practice. The intrasquad games begin on Friday.
Dylan Bundy will throw an inning in Saturday’s game. And no matter how good it is, he’s not making the team.
Bundy could strike out every batter he faces. His fastball could touch 100 mph. He could have the best stuff in camp. He’s still not making the team.
I can’t stress this enough. Dylan Bundy is not going to be introduced to the Camden Yards faithful on opening day. He’ll be reassigned to minor league complex and wait for Single-A Delmarva’s season to begin.
Bundy signed a major league deal, so he automatically went on the 40-man roster. That’s why he’s here. Manager Buck Showalter eventually will send him out.
Catcher Caleb Joseph isn’t on the 40-man and he didn’t receive a spring training invite for the first time in three years, but he’s got a locker here after being summoned from Twin Lakes Park. What he doesn’t have is a chip on his shoulder.
“I was disappointed in myself that I didn’t do enough last year to force the issue, but I tried to work really hard and I prepared myself in the offseason with my brother so that if I ever get a chance, to try to make the best of it,” he said. “Fortunately or unfortunately, depending how you want to think about it, I’m getting a chance here. I’m trying to make the best of it.”
Joseph already is providing the entertainment with spot-on impressions of teammates and coaches.
And finally, I had a few people ask me about yesterday’s media training session, which ironically kept the clubhouse closed to the media before the workout. These sessions are held every spring. The presentation changes from year to year, but you’ll find them all over Florida and Arizona.
Players are shown videos that provide examples of how to handle sticky situations and when to expect a crowd of reporters at their lockers.
Former Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson was featured after television cameras caught him laughing on the sidelines toward the end of a blowout loss. He was peppered with questions about it at the postgame press conference.
Johnny Damon also had a cameo in the film, back when he was asked about former teammate Alex Rodriguez using performance enhancing drugs. I’m paraphrasing here, but Damon said there are worse things in life. Asked for an example, he replied, “Murder.”
True, but ...
Note: Tsuyoshi Wada will play catch this morning to test his sore left elbow. Wada had the elbow drained on Sunday and he received a cortisone injection.