Preview: Intrasquad Game No. 1
Here are your lineups for today’s intrasquad game, scheduled to start around noon here at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. They’ll play 3 1/2 innings, with each pitcher slated to throw exactly 20 pitches — no more, no less. Bullpen catcher Casey Chavez will act as umpire.
On the bench: STASSI, TIMMONS, CHOICE
On the bench: RECKER, GREEN, MILLER
Tyson Ross, Josh Outman, Brad Ziegler, Joey Devine and Danny Farquhar will also see work on the mound today.
Kurt Suzuki’s not on either lineup card, but Bob Geren said he’ll play in tomorrow’s intrasquad game and start Sunday’s Cactus League opener against the Cubs. Geren would like to keep Suzuki on an every-other-day schedule at the beginning so as to not overwork him straight out of the chute. Cliff Pennington (left shoulder) will be eased into game action, though his rehab is coming along quite well. In fact, Geren said he could be ahead of schedule at this point. He’s been taking grounders on a daily basis, and he’s back to hitting from both sides of the plate — still more so from the left side, though.
What does Geren want to see in these intrasquad contests? From the hitters, timing. From the pitchers, strikes. A strike percentage of 65 percent is ideal, Geren said, but obviously that’s a lofty number, so anywhere close is going to equal a good outing.