With the regular season now less than two weeks away, it is time to look at the team and assess their progress. The hitters again seem to be ahead of the pitchers with many on the team putting up monster numbers at the plate. The Travis Lee experiment seems to be going nicely with Lee hitting .354 this spring with 8 doubles and a home run. He is getting a lot of at bats this spring to try and prove his offensive numbers last year were a fluke. Erubiel Durazo continues to be hampered this spring by tendinitis in his wrist that has limited his playing time this spring. Greg Colburnn has been on fire with the bat but as of late has suffered from an thigh bruise. This has left Buck with little choice but to use Travis Lee at first base. The positive from this has been the ability for Buck to look at David Dellucci in right field and see how he is progressing. David has been struggling at the plate and is in the middle of a 2-16 slump. The right field job appears to be going down to the wire with a decision being made in the last week of training camp. Based upon my observations, I look to see Dellucci start in Tucson so that he can get a few more at bats before joining the team in May.
Matt Mantei is still being bothered by a bad ankle but the Diamondbacks received encouraging news late last week. An MRI determined there is no structural damage and Mantei pitched Sunday (3/19) reporting no pain. The Diamondbacks will closely monitor Matt’s progress as he pitches this week. The news on Andy Fox was less encouraging. Andy suffered a broken bone in his hand during a game last week and will be out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. The Diamondbacks took the news in stride but did sign Craig Counsell to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. With the arrival of Counsell, it may signal the end for either Hanley Frias or Luis Ordaz. Look for one of these two to be traded before camp breaks.