Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Links

The Yankees won't work C.C. Sabathia too hard before the season starts to keep him from being overworked before the season starts.

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada says of catching A.J. Burnett: "Last year I really got up when he pitched. You can't be passive back there. His stuff is so good, he's electrifying. It's a real challenge, but it's fun. It's unfortunate what happened last season, but I'm looking forward to catching him again. I really am."

Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez says that he wants "to play at least four more years."

Rangers pitcher Derek Holland suffered a mild knee sprain and may have an MRI on Monday.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley said of Nick Markakis in batting practice: "He was swinging effortlessly and hitting them in the trees out there, and you wonder, 'How the [heck] do you do that the first day? A special talent."

Rockies reliever Manny Corpas has tweaked his hamstring, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious, according to Troy Renck of Denver Post.

Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan says of not having any minor-league options remaining on his contract: "I think it's a blessing in a way. Guys don't want any options. They want to get rid of them. That way if something little happens they can't get sent down or stuff like that."

Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin says of the new MLB policy restricting firearms in the clubhouse: "There are a few guys that screwed it up for everybody. If it wasn't for the NFL guy a couple years ago bringing a weapon into a nightclub ... you've just got to be smart."

It looks unlikely that the Cardinals will add a free-agent shortstop while Brendan Ryan recovers from wrist surgery.

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto threw less this off-season in order to fresher down the stretch this season.

Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is looking to be a leader to some of the team's younger Latin players.

A's pitcher Justin Duchscherer is battling back stiffness.

Who will bat leadoff for the Cubs: Kosuke Fukudome or Ryan Theriot?

Indians manager Manny Acta isn't revealing exactly how he'll use Russell Branyan.

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold said of his Achilles, on which he had surgery: "It feels all right. It's going to take a little while for my legs to get underneath me, but I'll be fine."

The Chicago White Sox named Mark Buehlre as the team's opening day starter.

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