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February 15, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Rowland-Smith skips WBC

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Another cool, but sunny day here in Peoria, Ariz. as Day II of spring training workouts are officially underway. Many of you loved our video of Carlos Silva and Felix Hernandez doing the 300-yard shuttle run yesterday. It’s becoming an instant YouTube classic. They actually both had their first throwing sessions yesterday as well, so I’ve included a new video for you down below.

Erik Bedard will throw for the first time today.
Ryan Rowland-Smith, as you may have gathered from the headline of this entry, has decided not to play for Team Australia at the World Baseball Classic. Rowland-Smith (pictured above with a less-queasy Brandon Morrow) wants to compete for a job in the starting rotation, even if he’s unlikely to begin there as long as Jarrod Washburn is still with the team. But Rowland-Smith feels it’s best to show the new coaching staff what he’s got. So, he’s sticking around.
An injury update on Tyler Johnson, the lefty signed as a minor-league free-agent after being cut by the St. Louis Cardinals: he’s got tendinitis in the shoulder he had surgery on last season and is unlikely to throw at all this week.
“We’re going to hold him out for five to seven days at least,” manager Don Wakamatsu said this morning. “Just calm him down. We think it’s some inflammation.”
Team doctors feel Johnson may have aggravated the shoulder simply by throwing more than most pitchers do this time of year. He had a series of throwing auditions in trying to land a major league job.
The other sidelined lefty reliever, Cesar Jimenez, just walked past me in the parking lot on his way back home from the park. He’s still got the remnants of bronchitis — I told him to get away from me — and won’t be back on the field until tomorrow at the earliest.
No Ken Griffey Jr. updates yet. Still in a holding pattern on that.
By the way, Times colleague Larry Stone makes his blog debut today! It’s about time the paper gave him a blog. The Hot Stone League can be found right here by clicking the link. I’m told he’ll have a J.J. Putz photo up shortly from spring training with the Mets.
For those who missed it yesterday, here’s the already-classic Silva-Hernandez shuttle-run video. Please enjoy!

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