John Smoltz will throw two innings against live hitters today in Fort Myers. He's still planning on returning early June. "I think the danger in looking forward to things is if you have a setback, then you feel worse."
Julio Lugo played three innings in an extended spring training game yesterday and, thanks to the elastic lineup rules, had five plate appearances. Mark Kotsay had two AB as a DH.
Clay Buchholz says his strained hamstring injury was "a freak type of deal", but I think I found the cause. From the Journal:
He threw 36.2 innings! (Fantastic pitch count, though; less than three per inning.)
J.D. Drew, on last night's victory:
These are the types of games we need after the road trip we had. [Tim Wakefield] got us going in that last game and we come home and this is where we expect to do our damage. To have a game like this where we just don't start out that well and then pour it on like we did and pull this out, that's pretty nice.Jason Bay, perhaps caught up in the night's excitement:
I think most guys haven't really soaked it up yet. I think that's a potential season-changing win.