Tuesday morning quick hits
It’s a warm Tuesday morning here at Papago Park, where the second day of full-squad workouts is underway. Here’s a few brief notes to start your day:
- Geren confirmed the pitching schedule has Trevor Cahill lined up to start Sunday’s Cactus League opener against the Cubs in Mesa. Bobby Cramer, Tyson Ross, Josh Outman, Brad Ziegler, Joey Devine and Danny Farquhar are among those who could follow, though one or two might get their work in on the side if need be.
- Michael Wuertz, who left the complex early with shoulder soreness on Monday, could return to the mound as soon as Thursday, Geren said. Wuertz described it as the typical shoulder soreness he experiences most springs and noted that it’s not nearly as bad as last year’s bout with tendinitis. The righty said he’s been working with pitching coach Ron Romanick since January, and he was already up to 45-pitch bullpen sessions. “I may have increased my workload a bit too much, too soon,” he said. “That extra torque early on probably flared it up.” Wuertz tried to pitch through the discomfort last spring, but he ultimately missed the first month of the season. “We’re taking a different course of action this year,” he said. “We’re acting on it early so that it doesn’t become a problem later on.”
- Among those scheduled to throw live batting practice today are Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy and Guillermo Moscoso. Moscoso, acquired from Texas this winter, is being stretched out as a starter and could be someone to keep an eye on in the next couple of weeks.
- Geren spent a lengthy time this morning talking about how impressed he’s been by Josh Willingham. “He has one of the better right-handed approaches I’ve ever seen,” he said. “He has that kind of style that leads to the most consistency. If you’re going to teach a right-handed style, you’d look to his to do so.”
I’ll check back in after workouts have been concluded for the day…