Entering Spring Training, I thought these issues were important. Let's get a status report after ten official games (and one slaughtering of the Manatee Lancers).
1. Can Adam LaRoche hit left-handed pitching?
Like it or not, a manager bound for Cooperstown thought it best to sit Adam down against southpaws for the majority of 2006. The Pirates acquired Lefty McThump to be their everyday first baseman; if he struggles, though, it might behoove Jim Tracy to start Bautista in right and shift Nady to first against lefties. Ryan Doumits another possibility at first, but his splits arent all that favorable to a platoon.
You cant sit Adam down solely on the basis of his Spring Training performance, but a poor camp coupled with a slow start might make it easier to give him the hook.
It looks as if the Bucs are going to give Brad Eldred a chance to win a bench spot with the big club. By letting him take fly balls in the outfield, Tracy lets Eldred add a bit of defensive versatility to hi...