August 31st, 2007

No decision yet on Rogers

Leyland was neither glowing nor disparaging on Rogers’ outing. He didn’t really want to talk much about it, because he didn’t think the session was a big deal. He’ll wait to see how Rogers’ elbow feels Saturday and whether he thinks he’s ready.

Rogers, for his part, was upbeat about it, though he said he’s still tinkering with his mechanics. It’s a tough environment to tell, tougher than a minor-league rehab start, but he feels like he can get hitters out with what he had today. "I’d pitch today if they wanted me to," he said.

So in short, both sides are kind of guarded, but it sounds like he’s ready.

Anyway, the lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thames, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Guillen, 1B
  6. Rodriguez, C
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Maybin, LF
  9. Santiago, SS

Rogers throws sim game

Kenny Rogers just finished his three-inning, 52-pitch simulated game Friday afternoon. He didn’t look particularly happy at times, and he had a handful of breaking balls in the dirt, but he wasn’t hit all that hard. The fact that the sound system at McAfee Coliseum was blaring music the whole time probably didn’t make him all that happy. You wouldn’t be, either, if your shot to get back into the rotation hinged on how you pitched to Abba’s Dancing Queen or a remake of Instant Karma.

We’ll see what the verdict is from the manager later today. At the moment, he’s hitting BP off of Van Slyke.