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Update from PHX: February 14

February 14, 2013
  • Big bullpen news was obviously the Grant Balfour surgery decision and apparently that surgery went well. He threw yesterday but teams feels it is better now at the beginning of Spring Training to do this and also that at least it isn’t his arm. Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle are the favorites to replace him as closer in the interim.
  • As per Bob Melvin, Garrett Olson, Dan Straily and Justin Thomas all looked good in their throwing sessions today. Only Straily of that trio looks to be a candidate for the MLB roster coming out of camp.
  • Michael Taylor is working out at first base with fellow first base convertee Scott Hatteberg. It is interesting to see him there but not really surprising. He looks like he could be a first baseman and the picture is so overfilled in the outfield it didn’t seem like he stood much of a shot there. I am not enamored of Taylor but if he can put it together he could be useful.
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