March 10, 2005

Ankiel "Retires" As Pitcher, Will Try Outfield

Rick Ankiel: "The frustration that built up, it seems like it was really eroding my spirit and starting to affect my personality off the field. It just became apparent that it was time for me to move on and pursue becoming an outfielder." ... Although he has no options left, it seems unlikely that any team would block his move to the minors to start the season. (Also: Gammons and St. louis Post-Dispatch)

His hitting stats:
Major Leagues 87 .207 .258 .310
Minor Leagues 165 .279 .337 .558
2001 Johnson City* 105 .286 .364 .638 (10 HR)
*: as part-time DH in rookie-level Appalachian LeagueCurt Schilling plans to long toss today and throw batting practice Friday -- the first time he's faced hitters this spring. ... Keith Foulke is expected to throw to hitters today; Bill Mueller will likely be one of them. ... Roberto Petagine is having a problem with cartilage in his knee.

In progress (2:50 pm): Tim Wakefield threw three shutout innings against the Dodgers (three walks, three strikeouts). Manny Ramirez homered off Scott Erickson in the 4th, but Los Angeles scored two off Bronson Arroyo in the top of the 6th and lead 2-1.

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